Two Killed In Baker Crash

July 15, 2012

Two people were killed in a head on crash on Highway 4 in Baker Saturday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 63-year old Charlotte Black of Kentucky was southbound on Highway 4 near Baker School when she crossed into the path of a 2011 Toyota Camry driven by John Joseph St. John, 81, of Niceville. A third vehicle, a 2009 Ford Fusion driven by 55 year old Venia Groves of Bessemer, Ala, was also involved in the 6:30 a.m. crash.

A passenger in the Surburban, 87-year old Racine D. Ison of Kentucky, and St. John were pronounced deceased at the scene by Okaloosa County EMS. Black was critically injured, while five other passengers in her Surburan received minor injuries.

Charges against Black are pending, according to the FHP.

Pictured: Two people in this three vehicle wreck Saturday morning on Highway 4 in Baker were killed. Reader submitted photos for, click to enlarge.


14 Responses to “Two Killed In Baker Crash”

  1. Family on July 16th, 2012 9:18 am

    This was not due to a cell phone, I can tell you that right now. Stop speculating and wait for the facts. These people were on vacation, good, down to earh, church people. No drugs or alcohol, there were kids involved in this wreck. The driver was in excellent health and there was totally nothing wrong with her. ITs called an accident…a horrible accident.

  2. Driver on July 16th, 2012 2:15 am

    I hope when im 65 or older they make me get evaluated yearly so I dont hurt someones kid. When u get that age alot of things happen slower reflex harder to see object before its to late

  3. just my words on July 15th, 2012 5:18 pm

    sorry for the lose to the family members, and before folks start pointing fingers at the age of a person could be the cause of the tragic, maybe they should wait for all the information. sure we change with age but those stating folks should not drive after a certain age should remember they to will be that age one day if the good lord allows it,

  4. Kim on July 15th, 2012 2:05 pm

    To all those who think a persons licenses should be taken away at “a certain age” My 80 year old mother was just refused an automatic renewal of her license because she used a walker to enter the license office. Even though she has a perfect driving record, no accidents, and never had a ticket of any kind. She even offered to bring a letter from her doctor. She was embarassed and stressed but took the driving test and passed without one mark against her. Think twice before you start wishing away our rights and privaleges as citizens.

  5. CW on July 15th, 2012 1:59 pm

    I think people over 75 should be evaluated yearly. Some people are able to drive well into their 80’s, and others are not. Everyone is different.

  6. 71 year old on July 15th, 2012 11:44 am

    to driver think before you print you may become a senoir citizen one day what are you going to do if they took your license at age 65 you will not be young forever

  7. Watchout on July 15th, 2012 10:57 am

    I also have seen so many cars going into other lanes then changing I am glad to see some more people notice this somthing has got to be done it is so scary..I hope cell phones are being checked in these wrecks. they need to be. I also wonder how often these kind of wreaks happen a week this is just awful.

  8. CW on July 15th, 2012 10:27 am


    I have noticed the same thing, but I think that most of it is due to cell phones/texting. There have been several times lately that I have noticed people coming into my lane, and then correct at the last moment. It’s pretty scary.

    I don’t think in THIS case it was due to cell phones, but most of the time I think it is.

  9. jeanette thompson on July 15th, 2012 9:31 am



  10. 65 yr. old driver on July 15th, 2012 9:18 am

    I think they should take driver licenses away from a lot of teenagers and people who are in their 20’s and 30’s. A LOT of those age groups have no idea what the traffic laws are nor how to drive — period!

  11. Vicki on July 15th, 2012 9:14 am

    I have noted that a good percentage of the wrecks lately have been from vehicles veering over the center line. I travel to work each day and I have to say, this is making me somewhat nervous. I watch every vehicle I’m moving toward now for any inclination that they’re going to veer my way in hopes of preventing one. I know accidents happen and sometimes through no fault of anyone in particular, but please…..please all drivers… attention, drive defensively, and God Bless.

  12. poohbear on July 15th, 2012 8:28 am

    To Driver:

    At what age do you think they should take away their drivers license? The driver of this vehicle was only 63. If you take away all of the drivers that are now 63 or older where will you be in a few years, walking or begging for a ride to the grocery store?

  13. Driver on July 15th, 2012 8:11 am

    My prayers go out to all involed by I think they should take people liscense after a certain age

  14. Momof1 on July 15th, 2012 2:09 am

    Prayers for everyone involved!

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