UPDATED: 3:00 p.m. ET, Aug. 6
Original article published Aug. 5
Comedian Tony Baker is speaking out after his son died in a car crash earlier this week in Burbank, California.
Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker, 21, was killed along with 20-year-old Jaiden Johnson and 19-year-old Natalee Moghaddam when they were struck by another driver who had been street racing around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Tony Baker took to his Instagram page to mourn with fans and also thank them for their support the best way he knew how — by cracking jokes. He said he was toggling between feeling sad and relying on his sense of humor to cope with the sudden loss of his son.
“Myself and My Family are overwhelmed with the love and care from friends, fans and complete strangers. I FEEL the love,” Baker wrote in an Instagram post he published Friday morning. “I see the text messages and some of the DM’s and just want you all to know that it’s appreciated. I know i am not alone and we are blessed to have soo many people to lean on, cling to and call. I loved that boy sooo much. My heart goes out to Jaiden & Natalee’s families as well. For those that were at the Vigil on Wednesday nite, you know that i was howling crying one minute, then crackin jokes the next. Thank You All. And I ‘m soo sorry that yal are sad too.”
Cerain Anthony Raekwon Baker, the 21-year-old son of comedian Tony Baker, was killed along with two others in a fiery three-car crash caused by a street race in which he was not a part of in Southern California late Tuesday night.
Cerain was in a vehicle along with 20-year-old Jaiden Johnson and 19-year-old Natalee Moghaddam when they were struck by another driver who had been street racing around 11:30 p.m. The silver Volkswagen in which the three were traveling was split in half and they were ejected from the vehicle.
Criminal charges may be filed in connection with the crash, according to NBC 4. According to a preliminary report, a driver behind the wheel of a gray Kia was racing with a driver in a black Mercedes Benz when the driver of the silver Volkswagen carrying Baker attempted to make a left turn. That resulted in a vicious collision.
It was not immediately reported who was driving the Volkswagen.
The individual in the Kia sustained serious injuries and had to be removed from the car. The two individuals in the Mercedes weren’t injured and were later interviewed by police.
“I’ve been doing this for 20 years, and I haven’t seen anything like this before,” Sgt. Emil Brimway of the Burbank Police Department said. “We recently put out a public service announcement about speeding and street racing and how it is illegal and dangerous. We also do targeted enforcement with our traffic bureau, as well as our patrol officers, on a regular basis.”
He added, “This collision remains under investigation by 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.”
The deadly crash came just hours after a Los Angeles council member introduced a motion to create deterrents to illegal street racing, including measures like 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. “We need to also include a proactive approach using street design elements that make it difficult for drivers to conduct the type of street takeovers and speed events that are endangering our communities.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Baker and the families of the victims during this difficult time.
Prayers Up: Comedian Tony Baker’s Son Killed In 3-Car Crash Caused By Street Racing was originally published on myhoustonmajic.com