Comedian Tony Baker’s 21-year-old son died in a car crash that resulted from a street race in which he was not part of Tuesday night. He was among two others killed in the fiery Southern California crash.
Cerain Baker was riding in a vehicle with 20-year-old Jaiden Johnson and 19-year-old Natalee Moghaddam when they were hit by a driver who’d been street racing around 11:30 p.m., according to NBC 4.
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Their silver Volkswagen was split in half, and they were ejected from the vehicle.
According to a preliminary report, a driver behind the wheel of a gray Kia was racing with the driver in a black Mercedes Benz. When the driver of Cerain’s silver Volkswagen attempted to make a left turn, it resulted in a dangerous collision.
It was not immediately reported who was driving the Volkswagen.
The person in the Kia sustained serious injuries and had to be removed from the car. The two persons in the Mercedes weren’t injured and were later interviewed by police.
Condolences to my comedy brother Tony Baker on the loss of his oldest son Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker as well as the other two young people killed in a violent car crash Tuesday night. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/KkJq96pLP5
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Burbank Police Department’s Sgt. Emil Brimway said in his 20 years on duty, he’s “never seen anything like this before.” He said the department had just warned the public about the danger of speeding.
“We recently put out a public service announcement about speeding and street racing and how it is illegal and dangerous,” Brimway said. “We also do targeted enforcement with our traffic bureau, as well as our patrol officers, on a regular basis.”
A Los Angeles council member introduced a motion to create speed racing deterrents just hours before the accident. The request included speed bumps, raised center medians, curb extensions, and traffic circles.
“Enforcement cannot be the only solution,” Los Angeles Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez said while introducing the motion on Tuesday, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Very sorry to hear that former Burroughs receiver Cerain Baker was one of the three killed in a car crash on Glenoaks. He graduated from Burroughs in 2018. Here is a video of his career highlights. https://t.co/IJsKmcYjfr
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Sgt. Brimway said the collision remains under investigation by the Burbank Police Department traffic detectives.
“Upon completion of this investigation, detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing consideration.”