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Friends, family remember Four Oaks woman hit by car

Posted May 1, 2008
Updated May 2, 2008

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— Police established more facts Thursday about an accident that killed a Johnston County woman. At the same time, loved ones scheduled services for her and remembered her fondly.

Donna Baker, 23, of 1505 Elevation Road in Four Oaks, was walking with her fiancé and their 13-month-old baby on Old School Road when a car struck and killed her Tuesday.

Michael Beavers remembered his fiancée as an all-star baseball player who was full of life.

“I know she’s looking down and smiling. She knows she is loved,” he said.

Beavers, friends and family created a memorial for Baker with flowers in her favorite colors. It is at the spot where authorities said a car driven by Randy Stanley, 25, also of Four Oaks, hit Baker from behind.

Beavers and Baker’s family said they want charges filed in the case, but police said it appeared Stanley was not speeding. Stanley said he had the sun in his eyes, police said Thursday.

Baker was also walking in the street because there are no sidewalks. The people who created the memorial intend it to send a message for drivers to slow down.

For Beavers, it is a way to pay tribute to a woman he called his greatest love.

“I know the Lord’s got her now. She went Sunday and gave her life to the Lord. He heard her. I know she’s in heaven,” he said.

Friends remembered Baker for her upbeat personality.

“You'd always see her with a smile. You would see her in the store and she would yell across. That was Donna. I mean, people out there, I don’t understand why they speed,” said Maria Messengill, a childhood friend of Baker.

Services for Baker are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Minshew Funeral Home in Four Oaks. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Baker's funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.

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  • AdeputiesWife May 2, 2008

    I wen to school with donna and i feel really bad for her family. At least she is in a better place. She is gone from this world now and we can't change what happened so i really feel as if people can't say anything nice about everything then don't say anything at all. GOD BLESS!

  • leo-nc May 2, 2008

    I haven't really seen anything on here that's hurtful. There are things that have been discussed in terms of where she was in the roadway and why, but nothing against the family in this story. The fact is that you should not ever walk in the road. People sometimes make it a habit to do so and when you do, you take your chances every time. Those calling for the driver to be charged must have forgotten this fact. Nothing against them, but the truth is the truth, and the law is the law.

  • leo-nc May 2, 2008

    "If the sun was in his eyes, regardless, he still hit and killed this young lady. Now, this baby will not have her mother to cuddle with her any more or to rock her to sleep. He should be charged with something. If not, then her life means nothing to the law. Praying for the baby,fiance,family and freinds. God bless you all. Thank God she gave her life to Christ before she was killed. What a blessing. :-)"

    I feel bad for the family but the fact is that the lady was walking in the road. Regardless of whether or not the sun was in his eyes, the fault lies on the pedestrian who was walking in the roadway. That's the law, and it's appropriate not to charge the driver in this case.

  • pantheelsfan May 2, 2008

    I am so sorry and this totally broke my heart as I watched this on the news last night... I cant beleive the news media always wanting to interview someone at a time like this... my heart goes out to this man and his family.. you will be in my thoughts and prayers... I am sorry for your loss. May the LORD be with you..

  • Mom of two May 2, 2008

    I agree w/ tired of. There is a lot of hurtful things posted on here. There is more fussing than anything. My prayers for those involved.

  • 3forme May 2, 2008

    no one is to blame...God has called her home...

  • tiredofgovtwaste May 2, 2008

    Why does WRAL allow the general public to make comments on events like this. Isn't there enought pain for both sides already with out haveing faceless individuals come on here and be mean and air their unfound beliefes? Come on WRAL stop makeing tradgies like this the news of the month. If you cant report on other issues, them maybe you should shut your doors. Free speach is one thing but inflicting or allowing the infliction of additional pain and hurt is another.

  • mmafighterwife May 2, 2008

    My heart goes out to both families! The investigation proved he was not speeding so it was an accident and he has to live with this on his heart forever so my heart goes out to him because my best friend had this happen to her early one morning when she was driving and the sun was so bright she hit a stopped school bus and her sister died in the wreck, so accidents do happen and it is a tragedy for both people. My prayers are with them.

  • carolinakhaki May 2, 2008

    NCbred, you ride your bike *with* traffic because a bicycle is supposed to behave as a car and obey the same traffic rules as a car. You walk *against* traffic so that you are facing the cars and can see the oncoming traffic as well as them seeing you.

  • native nc1 May 2, 2008

    Purely an accident. How can anyone blame the driver? Report says he wasn't speeding. Even if he slowed down 10 mph under whatever the posted speed limit was, would it have made a difference?
    Everyone has been driving along and all of a sudden the sun is in you eyes and you can't see for a moment.
    Not to sound heartless because I feel for this lady and her family, but those pedestrians bear some of the resposibility. We all learned in elementary school that you are suppose to walk facing traffic.

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