Springboro student dies after crash

A Springboro high school senior has died from injuries he suffered in a car crash Friday afternoon.

Caleb Baker, 18, was injured in a one-car crash Friday at 2:45 p.m. on Clearcreek-Franklin Road near Tamarack Trail in Springboro, according preliminary reports. Share your condolences.

Katie Rucker of Miamisburg called 911 about the crash. On Monday, Rucker said she saw Baker’s car go off the road into woods and a ditch, and went to Baker’s aid.

According to the call for service report, Baker had a head injury.

“He was bleeding pretty bad,” Rucker said.

The preliminary report indicates Baker lost control of his car near the 400 block of Clearcreek-Franklin Road, hit a mailbox, and went airborne before crashing in the woods.

He was pronounced dead at 1:42 p.m. Sunday at Kettering Medical Center, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s office. The death was reported Monday morning, according to the coroner’s office.

A memorial fund has been set up at giveforward.com to help the family pay for medical and funeral expenses. Baker’s parents say they are thankful for all of the help they are receiving from their son’s peers.

“The support has been phenomenal,” said Gary Baker, Caleb Baker’s father. “There were 40 to 50 kids at the hospital Sunday.”

Baker’s classmates said there were shocked when they heard he died at the hospital.

“His locker was right next to mine,” said Springboro high school senior Jacob Beason. “It is hard to believe that he really died.”

Caleb Baker’s mother said she will remember her son as someone who was always looking for ways to help others.

“We had no idea how many people he impacted over his lifetime,” Kim Baker said of her son. “I am grateful for the time I had with him.”

Baker’s parents said their son was planning to join Marine Corps after high school. He had a meeting scheduled with a recruiter Monday afternoon. His father says even though his son died at a young age, he is happy to see all of the things he accomplished in a short amount of time.

“It’s been very difficult,” said Gary Baker. “But I’m so proud of him.”

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