Rayne, Louisiana – Louisiana State Police Troop I initiated an investigation into a fatal two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10, approximately 3 miles west of Louisiana Highway 35, at approximately 8 am on the morning of December 15, 2023. The crash resulted in the tragic loss of Christopher Baker, aged 45 and from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Initial findings indicate that Tiffany Baker from Dodson was driving a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage eastbound on I-10 when the vehicle veered off the road to the right and collided with the rear of a parked 2015 International 18-wheeler. Tiffany Baker sustained minor injuries. Christopher Baker, who was unrestrained and seated in the front passenger seat, suffered fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. The driver of the International was safely restrained and did not sustain any injuries.
Tiffany Baker provided a standard toxicology sample for analysis, with results pending. The driver of the International voluntarily underwent a breath sample test, which showed no alcohol detected. Louisiana State Police indicated that the investigation into this incident is ongoing, and charges are pending.
LSP said that ensuring that you fasten your seatbelt is crucial for safeguarding yourself when driving or traveling in a vehicle. This simple action can significantly lower the chances of sustaining severe injuries or losing your life in the event of a crash, and it requires only a few seconds to complete. It’s important to always remember to buckle up before commencing your journey, regardless of how brief the distance you’ll be traveling.
Troop I has investigated 52 fatal collisions that led to 57 deaths so far in 2023.
All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.