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Man sentenced to jail time on manslaughter charge


Samantha Baker (right) and her niece, Annalee Baker, died in January of 2019 when the vehicle they were riding in was hit from behind while waiting to turn.

A Cedar Springs man will serve time in jail for the deaths of a young woman and baby killed in a traffic crash in Howard City.

Brian Johnson, 29, was convicted of a moving violation causing death, a misdemeanor, in the deaths of Samantha Baker, 18, and nine-month old Annalee Baker, in 2019. He was sentenced on Wednesday, October 28, to 45 days in jail with credit for one day served, 12 months of probation and ordered to pay $10,081 in fees and restitution. 

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Sunday, January 6, 2019, about 1:15 p.m. on W Howard City-Edmore Rd near Amble Rd in Winfield Township.

The investigation showed that Michelle Baker, a 46-year-old woman from Howard City, was headed eastbound on W Howard City-Edmore Rd and was waiting to turn left on to Amble Rd when she was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by Brian Johnson, of Cedar Springs. The Baker’s sedan then crossed the centerline and was struck by a westbound pickup truck driven by a Annette Dow, 54, of Sand Lake. 

There were four people in the sedan. The driver (Michelle Baker) and an 18-year-old male passenger, Zachary Buckles, of Six Lakes, were both transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Michelle Baker’s 18-year-old daughter, Samantha Baker, of Howard City, was transported to Spectrum with critical injuries. She died the next day of her injuries. 

Michelle Baker’s 9-month-old granddaughter, Annalee Baker, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police confirmed she was in a car seat. Annalee is the daughter of Julie Baker, Samantha’s sister.

The other two drivers—Johnson and Dow—were transported to Kelsey Hospital with minor injuries.

Johnson reportedly told a trooper on the scene that he tried to swerve to avoid the car but hit it in the rear passenger side, and he also said he did not see brake lights.

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Accident sends one to hospital


 

These two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash in front of Arby’s on 17 Mile Tuesday. Photo by Autumn Schovey.

These two vehicles were involved in a traffic crash in front of Arby’s on 17 Mile Tuesday.
Photo by Autumn Schovey.

Photo by Autumn Schovey.

Photo by Autumn Schovey.

A traffic crash Tuesday afternoon, on 17 Mile Road, about ¼ mile east of White Creek Avenue, sent one driver to the hospital and caused traffic to be rerouted.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, witnesses reported that at about 4 p.m., February 16, a 59-year-old Algoma Township woman entered traffic on 17 Mile from a private drive without first stopping, and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Cedar Springs man.

The woman was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries. The accident is still under investigation.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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