Tony Baker’s son Cerain Baker died Tuesday night in a horrific car crash in Burbank, Calif. Baker and his three friends were “ejected” from their silver Volkswagen when the car was struck by two other vehicles. Police reported that the two other vehicles may have been street racing at the time of the crash, though an investigation is still underway.
Among the deceased are Baker, 21, Jaiden Johnson, 20, and Natalee Moghaddam, 19. A fourth unnamed friend was also involved in the crash but was not killed, authorities said. Authorities reported that the unnamed victim “sustained serious injuries.” The victim was rushed to a local trauma center in critical condition but was alive.
According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner, Cerain Baker and his two friends died accidentally of “multiple blunt force injuries.” Baker was a musician and the son of popular comedian Tony Baker. His death has made waves across the performing arts community.
The horrific crash occurred at the intersection of Glenoaks Boulevard and Andover Drive at around 11:50 p.m. on Tuesday. The Burbank Police Department and Paramedics arrived on the scene after receiving several 911 calls that a vehicle was on fire. Officers immediately identified three individuals who had been ejected from their vehicle that was “unconscious and not breathing” according to a news release.
The second vehicle involved with the crash was identified as a gray Kia. There were no passengers, only a driver. The unnamed driver “sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local trauma center for medical treatment.” A third vehicle was also involved in the Burbank crash. Police found a black Mercedes Benz that had two individuals. The driver and the passenger of the Mercedes Benz were reportedly in good health following the Burbank crash.
In a news release provided by the Burbank Police, authorities revealed that “the preliminary investigation has revealed that the Kia and Mercedes Benz were traveling northbound on Glenoaks Boulevard at a high rate of speed for several blocks and appeared to be racing. The Volkswagen was attempting to negotiate a left turn from southbound Glenoaks Boulevard to eastbound Andover Drive when the traffic collision occurred.”
The Burbank Police Department Traffic Department is still conducting the investigation. As of now, no arrests have been reported. Charges have not been filed for the drivers of both the Kia and the Mercedes Benz. The Burbank Police requests that “anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has any information is asked to contact the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau at (818) 238-3100.”
It was reported that after the investigation is complete “detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for criminal filing consideration.” It wasn’t immediately clear what charges may be filed against the alleged street racers.
The Burbank crash “feels like it’s not real,” said 44-year-old comedian Tony Baker. The family is struggling with the loss of Cerain Baker who was a “bright light” in their lives.
Cerain Baker was a 21-year-old musician and played football for Burbank. His father said that “we get waves of grief. We sob uncontrollably. Then it’s back to regular conversation.” The boy’s mother, Cherie Whitehead, agreed and told reporters that her son was a beautiful soul.
“Anyone who met him could tell you, we called him the Mayor of Burbank growing up,” she explained. “He could hold a conversation with you.”
Cerain Baker’s brother, Cencere Baker, said that he was “just a guy that everybody loved, so likable!” He continued, explaining that “I went to school with him, I’m just a year younger. You could tell how everyone liked him.” The tragic crash in Burbank was a horrific sight, according to police. Sgt. Emil Brimway from the Burbank Police Department said that in his 19-year career, he hadn’t seen a crash so destructive. “I haven’t seen anything like this, personally,” Brimway said. “Not to this magnitude and this level of debris over a two-city block span.”