Highway 29 Multi-Vehicle Crash Claims Life Of Good Samaritan

January 11, 2017

A pedestrian was killed following a multiple-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 29 Tuesday night.

The wreck happened just before 6 p.m. on Highway 29 near Hazzard Lane, just north of Central Commerce Park. Witnesses said that after the crash, a good Samaritan identified as 29-year old Micheal A. Bailey of Gulf Breeze stopped at the scene to render aid. Bailey was struck by another vehicle and died from his injuries a short time later at Sacred Heart Hospital.

The incident began when 71-year old Easter M. East of Cantonment was traveling northbound and slowed his 1997 Jeep Cherokee to turn onto Hazzard Lane. The Florida Highway Patrol said 17-year old Sabra Stewart of Molino failed to slow her 2005 Toyota and struck¬† East’s Jeep. The Toyota began to rotate on Highway 29 and was hit by a 1996 Mercedes driven by 35-year old Haley McCain of Pensacola. The Mercedes continued off the highway and struck a tree. The Toyota continued to rotate northwest and struck the left side of a 1999 Buick Century driven by 26-year old Joshua Reese of Molino.

Pedestrian Michael Bailey exited his vehicle to provide assistance to the injured and was checking on Stewart when another unknown vehicle swerved southbound into the median to avoid a crash. Bailey apparently ran westbound to avoid the unknown vehicle as a 2001 Dodge Ram driven by 64-year old Joseph H. Spann of Cantonment approached.  The left side of the Dodge Ram struck Bailey as Spann was taking evasive action to avoid him.

Stewart suffered minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. East was transported to West Florida Hospital in serious condition, while her passenger, 19-year old Lee East of Cantonment, suffered only minor injuries. McCain and his passenger, 38-year old Jewell A. Jernigan, were transported to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries. Reese and Spann were not injured.

Stewart was cited for careless driving for the original collision with the Jeep. Any other charges in the crashes are pending the outcome of the Florida Highway Patrol investigation.

Anyone that witnessed the crash is asked to call Cpl. Shawn Kelly at (850) 484-5000.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.


21 Responses to “Highway 29 Multi-Vehicle Crash Claims Life Of Good Samaritan”

  1. haley mccain on January 12th, 2017 4:06 pm

    I was in the white car in the wreck, all i can think about is how nice and helpful michaels friend was to me and my husband he was very helpful. When michael got hit it happened so fast and the gentelman in the truck was in shock at what happened. I will pray for all families of the crash victims cause it has been very hard dealing with the knowledge of how fast bad things happen and it will change your life forever. Thankyou to all the people that helped that night and prayers for michaels family, his family should be proud of the kind of person he was.

  2. Nikki on January 12th, 2017 3:03 pm

    Im sure everyone involved is heartbroken over this. We never know what tomorrow will bring . im very sad a man lost his life doing the right thing. I am so thankful everyone else is okay . we love you sabra doodles and i am so proud of you .

  3. Monty Gray on January 12th, 2017 6:39 am

    My prayers go out to Mikes wife and boys. Mike was my neighbor for years. Just recently moved into a new home with a baby on the way. I still cant believe this happened. Such a great guy that would always help when you needed it. He will be missed.

  4. Devin on January 12th, 2017 2:23 am

    This is absolutely horrible! Prayers to his family and friends!

  5. Mike Byrd on January 11th, 2017 4:21 pm

    I’m definitely praying for Mike’s family. This has been a very sad day for many. God bless the Bailey’s!

  6. S. Cooper on January 11th, 2017 4:13 pm

    I have all involved in this in my prayers! I’m so sorry for the loss of the gentleman who stopped to help. Josh Reese, I was glad to read that you weren’t injured!

  7. Karen Larose on January 11th, 2017 4:03 pm

    So very sorry to hear this tragic news. My deepest sympathy to the Bailey family, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

  8. Roll Tide on January 11th, 2017 11:49 am

    Praying for the family of Michael Bailey and all the other injured from this tragic accident.

  9. Jim Williams on January 11th, 2017 10:50 am

    May God help the wife of that man killed for she will need a lot of help. His children will be really upset at the loss of daddy. May God help this entire family.

  10. Jon Hammond on January 11th, 2017 10:38 am

    Mike Bailey, my friend and co-worker, worked for our company for two years. He was an amazing example of what a 29 year old husband and father should be. Always had a smile and his favorite saying was “No problem, I’ll take care of it”. And he did. His beautiful family was all he ever talked about and he was so proud of his wife and children. I will miss Mike every day for the rest of my life. He was like a son to Darlene and me. Hard to imagine life without him.

  11. Norma Stahler on January 11th, 2017 9:32 am

    His Name is Michel Bailey. Him and his wife have two sons and one on the way. He would have stopped to help Anyone . Big heart of Gold!! Thank you all for prayers. Big Big LOSS!! ( Aunt Norma)

  12. Eleni on January 11th, 2017 9:02 am

    Really terrible, God Bless that man’s family with strength and comfort. May his memory be eternal. He attempted to come to the aid of another person to his own harm, that takes precedence in Heaven.

  13. chris on January 11th, 2017 7:14 am

    Imagine, one individual who gave his life to go help another. I think there is a very old book based on this principle.

  14. Joshua hershberger on January 11th, 2017 2:03 am

    The good man that was killed was my best friend and my daughter god father this is such a heartbreaking time especially for his wife and 2 boys and one more on the way he was such a good friend..husband..and father I will miss you greatly Michael bailey love you my brotha

  15. Tonya on January 11th, 2017 12:35 am

    My nephew was the good samaritan. He was 29 with a beautiful wife, 2 beautiful young boys and another on the way. We are devastated. Thank you for your prayers.

  16. Nicolas Jernigan on January 10th, 2017 11:59 pm

    My mom and dad were in the white Mercedes but they are okay and on there way home tonight

  17. Bri on January 10th, 2017 11:43 pm

    Dear God I pray this family is ok during their grieving. Such a great man lost his life to help save another’s. I am so sorry to whoever lost a loved one. My prayers are with you and your family.

  18. chris in Molino on January 10th, 2017 11:01 pm

    Prayers for the family of this person. What a great deed to stop for others as many do not in this new era. May God bless them.

  19. northend resident on January 10th, 2017 10:53 pm

    So sad! Bad day to be on the roads. I went to pensacola today and passed molino school when police were on chase after man that ran from police. Then on my way back from pensacola seen the bad crash on Hwy 29. Then stopped by dollar store in molino then proceded home to see another bad crash on hwy 97. Please everyone be cautious. May God be with all the people affected the terrible incidents today and comfort them. Thank you Escambia county sheriffs officers and emergency workers who are constantly there to help all of us.

  20. Cynthia Walsg5 on January 10th, 2017 10:50 pm

    So very sad. I’m so very sad for this person’s family. God bless you and may your happy memories of your loved one bring you through the darkest times of your grief.

  21. Flpenrlg on January 10th, 2017 10:30 pm

    So heartbroken. Not many people will stop to help and this person did and it ended with tragedy. Praying for the family but I hope they find comfort in the fact their family had a kind enough heart to care for others.

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