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Wreck fatal to man, 37




Mark D. Baker

Mark D. Baker

Funeral services were held Tuesday for a 37-year-old Neon man who died Saturday in a three-vehicle accident on the Whitesburg bypass. Douglas Baker was traveling north on KY 15 around noon May 9 when his subcompact 1996 Ford Aspire crossed the center line and hit the left rear of a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe driven by Autumn Morris, 21, of Mayking.

Police said Baker’s vehicle continued north before colliding headon with a 2000 Chevrolet Venture minivan being driven by Cathy Taylor, 50, of Mallie.

Baker was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:40 p.m. by Letcher County Coroner Wallace Bolling.

Taylor was airlifted by medical helicopter to the Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., where she was being treated for serious injuries to her legs.

Morris was not injured seriously.

Bolling said Baker’s car was loaded with furniture he was helping a friend move.

All three drivers were wearing seat belts, police said.

Baker enjoyed playing basketball and football. He also enjoyed being outdoors, especially camping.

Funeral services were held at the Dunham. Burial was in Green Acres Cemetery in Ermine.

Baker was a son of Joann Smith Baker and the late Douglas Baker. Also surviving are his wife, Rebecca Robinson Baker of Whitesburg; a son, Mark Douglas Baker II of Whitesburg; a daughter, Tiffany Ann Baker of Whitesburg; two brothers, Bobby Dale Baker of Covington and Timothy Baker of Louisville; two sisters, Debra Lynn Sanchez of Port Huron, Michigan and Tammy Sue Baker of Campbell City, Tenn.

KSP Trooper Derek Hall is in charge of the investigation.

KSP Trooper Ben McCray, the Whitesburg Police Department, Whitesburg Volunteer Fire Department, the Letcher and Neon ambulance services, WINGS Air Rescue and the Letcher County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident.

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