Father of DUI victim urges people to drive carefully on Fourth of July

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) – Jennifer Baker was just 21 years old when she was killed by a drunk driver in October of 1995. Baker was traveling north on 56th Street in Temple Terrace when her car was hit by the drunk driver.

“It’s a loss that never goes away,” her father Terry Baker said.

He recalls every detail of the accident. “She couldn’t see the car approaching at a high rate of speed from the left,” Baker said.

The driver that hit her was traveling at more than 60 miles an hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. That driver ran a red light at the intersection of Mission Hills Avenue and 56th.

“She was killed instantly,” Baker said.

Terry Baker and his wife Susan now volunteer to speak to people who have been arrested for drunk driving to tell them about the impact of their crimes. They also work with Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.

Baker says a series of crashes this 4th of July weekend in the Tampa Bay area is troubling. “This past week, this holiday weekend has been, something for, unfortunately for the record books,” he said.

Eight people have died in car crashes since Friday night on Tampa Bay area roads, and alcohol is suspected as a factor in several of the accidents.

Terry Baker is urigng people to be careful. “I would ask them, if you are having a gathering and you’re having fun and you notice someone is having too much to drink, stop them from drinking, take their car keeps, give them a ride home if you haven’t been drinking, you know or call them a cab,” Baker said.

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