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Four killed when car crashes into Sanford house identified

Posted January 13, 2013

— Authorities have released the names of two men and two women who died when their car crashed into a house east of Sanford early Saturday.

Aaron David Powers, 31, of Sanford, Katherine May Powers, 35, of Sanford, Christopher Gray Baker, 33, of Broadway, and Rebecca Lynn Powell, 38, of Chapin, S.C., died in the wreck in the 600 block of Swanns Station Road, near Dixie Farm Road, around 2:30 a.m.

Aaron and Katherine Powers had been married for seven years and had three children, relatives said Saturday. Baker and Powell also left behind children.

State troopers said Aaron Powers was driving a 2006 Dodge Charger at least 90 mph when it ran off the left side of the road and hit a mailbox and trees. It then overturned several times, crashed into the house and burst into flames.

Authorities said that the bodies were burnt so badly that the medical examiner might not be able to perform toxicology tests. None of the passengers were wearing seat belts.

The house was vacant.

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  • campgal89 Jan 16, 1:37 p.m.

    And another thing i just saw the guidelines about commebts and some of these should be removed there is no need to have things saying that when families is in a grieving state

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 5:11 p.m.

    Some blame the poor deer, or the condition of the weather; when they know full well it was the driver speeding over the limit going 70 to 90 miles per hour. When are we going to stop making excuses and start with solutions to the problems?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 5:04 p.m.

    MAKING EXCUSES OF ALL KINDS NEVER SOLVES THE PROBLEM; DOES IT? DRINKING AND DRIVING DOES NOT AND WILL NEVER MIX. WHEN WILL THE DRINKERS WAKE UP AND REALIZE THIS BEFORE THEY TAKE A LIFE THEY WILL REGRET DOING.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:57 p.m.

    People drink and then drive because alcohol is toxic and impairs

    BUT THEY KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN DRINKING YET REFUES TO LISTEN TO OTHERS TO NOT DRIVE. BUT MY QUESTION IS: WHY GET INTO A VEHICLE WHEN YOU KNOW CLEARLY THE DRIVER HAS BEEN DRINKING? DON'T YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE? NEVER RIDE WITH A DRIVER WHO IS DRINKING. CALL SOMEONE TO COME AND PICK YOU UP.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:39 p.m.

    ,,the fog was so bad,

    Thats why you slow down in certain conditions instead of speeding. See it all the time.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:29 p.m.

    medical examiner might not be able to perform toxicology tests.

    Something caused the driver to have this accident. Praying that the examiner will be able to get a toxicology test to prove what likely occurred.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jan 14, 4:28 p.m.

    My condolences to all the families and friends in their loss. May God/Jesus bring comfort to all of you in the days ahead.

  • Pretzel Logic Jan 14, 3:48 p.m.

    RE : Just because they story mentions a toxicology report does not mean that Aaron was drinking and driving...for as long as i knew him i never saw him drink and drive!

    For his sake I hope he was drunk, because if he made the decision to go 90 mph while sober its even worse... multiple passengers,,, 3 kids of his own,,, the fog was so bad, as an earlier post, a deer could have jumped out,,, Sure could have.

    Very poor judgment on the drivers part, very poor judgment...

    RE : my thought to it is - why the heck do people get behind the wheel after having been out drinking -

    People drink and then drive because alcohol is toxic and impairs the brains ability to recognize any impairment no matter how severe, when people are drunk they will often recognize the fact that they are intoxicated but reject the fact they they are too drunk to drive or walk...

    Sad for the kids...

  • Sanford_27330 Jan 14, 3:31 p.m.

    prayers and thoughts to all the families, I knew 3 of the 4 for 17 years.. But they all will be missed!!

  • ellendtyner Jan 14, 2:34 p.m.

    RIP Aaron, Kathy, Chris and Becky...to all of you passing judgement, remember that no one is perfect and everybody makes mistakes! Just because they story mentions a toxicology report does not mean that Aaron was drinking and driving...for as long as i knew him i never saw him drink and drive! Their families and friends are dealing with enough grief over the loss of these great people that they should not have to see people talking negative about what may or may not have been the reason why they left this earth!

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