South Lake Tahoe Man killed in suspected DUI crash |

South Lake Tahoe Man killed in suspected DUI crash

Isaac Brambila
Emergency personnel provide assistance during a head-on collision Friday on Highway 50.
Photo by Tom Thimot |

A 28-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was killed Friday night during a suspected DUI crash on Highway 50 west of Chiapa Drive.

The deceased man, David Earl Baker, who was riding as a passenger in a Chevrolet pickup truck, was transported via air ambulance to Renown Hospital in Reno, where he succumbed to his injuries, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

The driver of the truck Ginger D. Baker, 43, also of South Lake Tahoe and David Baker’s sister, sustained moderate injuries. In the other vehicle, a Ford Expedition, Jonathan R. Hooker, 35, sustained major injuries. Hooker and Baker were transported to Barton Memorial Hospital.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. when Hooker, who was driving west on Highway 50, crossed over to the eastbound lane directly into the path of the pickup truck. CHP officers determined Hooker was driving intoxicated.

Baker attempted to turn left to avoid collision, but still collided head on with the pickup truck. The SUV drove into the right front end of the truck, directly into the area of the passenger.

The Expedition came to rest blocking the entire eastbound lane, while the truck stopped on the westbound shoulder.

Hooker was arrested on a DUI charge and booked into the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe.

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