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Four other people, including the children’s mothers, were hurt in the single-vehicle crash in Lexington.
Delaney Crowder Bishopriggs (left), 4, and Jaden Baker, 8, were killed in the May 10 wreck.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Two children died in a single-vehicle wreck in Lexington on Friday night in a crash that sent four others to local hospitals.
The wreck apparently involved a van full of family members, according to social media accounts and police.
Crews arrived at the crash site on the U.S. 11 Bypass bridge over the Maury River about 8:29 p.m. after a vehicle carrying two adults and four children crashed into a bridge span, Lexington police Chief A.S. Thomas said in a news release.
All six passengers were taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, where two of the children were pronounced dead, Thomas said.
Police said Ashley Paige Baker, 36, of Lexington; Brookley Summer Crowder, 26, of Waynesboro; and an unidentified child were later transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Baker was listed in critical condition there Saturday morning, said hospital spokesman Eric Earnhart. Crowder was in fair condition.
A fourth young passenger was released from Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Thomas said in the news release.
Thomas did not identify the children who died, but numerous reports from community and family members on social media indicate they are Baker's daughter Jaden and Crowder's daughter Delaney.
Another of Baker's children, her son Durham, is identified by social media reports as the unidentified child taken to Roanoke Memorial. Earnhart said he could not release any information on Durham's condition - or even if he was a patient - because of his age.
The identity of the fourth young victim was not immediately clear.
The crash happened when Baker's southbound vehicle crossed the centerline, left the roadway and struck a bridge abutment, Thomas said. He said Baker was driving and Crowder was a front passenger.
A strong thunderstorm moved through the area about the time of the crash, but Thomas said the wreck's cause remains under investigation.
Baker and Crowder are related, according to Roanoke Times archives. Baker is a special education teacher at Parry McCluer Middle School in Buena Vista, according to the Buena Vista City Schools website and Baker's Facebook profile.
The crash shocked the Rockbridge County community, with many people posting about the incident on Twitter and Facebook.
"Prayers going out to the Baker family tonight," one poster wrote Friday night on Twitter. "I can't imagine your grief. So heartbreaking."
"A car crash is by far the scariest thing in the world," said another person. "So much can be taken away in an instant. Prayers going to the Baker family tonight."
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