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Jonas Baptiste Killed by Freightliner

In the early hours of a January morning, tragedy struck on the roads as a fatal crash claimed the life of a pedestrian. The incident occurred when the individual, identified as Jonas Baptiste, exited his vehicle and was struck by a 2023 Freightliner. The aftermath of the collision has left a community in grief, as the victim became the second fatality of the year for Troop F. Our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by this devastating event.

Details of the Incident:
According to the crash report, the fatal collision occurred as Baptiste exited his vehicle and was subsequently struck by the driver of the Freightliner, Marcus Boards. The impact caused the Freightliner to travel off the right side of the roadway before coming to a rest. Despite the prompt response of emergency personnel, the victim was pronounced dead at 0634 hours by funeral director Derek Ebersole. This incident marks the second fatality for Troop F in the month of January and the second for the year 2024.

Response and Assistance:
In the face of such a tragic event, law enforcement and emergency services worked collaboratively to manage the aftermath. Corporal D.J. Dalton, Trooper B.A. Dettenwanger, and Trooper A.C. Philipps from Troop F were among the first responders, supported by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, Callaway County Fire Department, and Callaway County EMS. Their collective efforts aimed to provide assistance, investigate the incident, and offer support to those affected by this heart-wrenching incident.

Next of Kin Notified:
The importance of notifying the next of kin in a timely and compassionate manner cannot be overstated in such circumstances. It is a crucial step in helping the family begin the grieving process and make necessary arrangements. Our thoughts are with the family as they navigate through this incredibly difficult time.

Legal Support in Wrongful Death Cases:
In cases where a fatal accident occurs, families often grapple with overwhelming grief and financial burdens. The AW Smith Law firm understands the complexities surrounding wrongful death cases and offers support and legal expertise to those seeking justice for their loved ones. If you find yourself in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to professionals who can guide you through the legal process.

As a community, we mourn the loss of a fellow member and extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected by this tragic incident. It serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of road safety and the need for continued efforts to prevent such accidents. In times of grief, it is essential to lean on the support of one another and seek professional guidance when navigating the legal aftermath.