MSP IDs baby killed in M-46 crash in Montcalm Co.

WINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An 18-year-old woman remains in critical condition a day after a Montcalm County crash that killed a baby girl.

The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. Sunday on  M-46/Howard City-Edmore Road at North Amble Road in Winfield Township, northeast of Howard City.

Michigan State Police say 9-month-old Annalee Baker was in her car seat when a pickup truck rear-ended the car she was riding in. The impact of the crash sent the car across the center line, where it was hit by another pickup truck driven by a 54-year-old woman from Sand Lake.

The infant died at the scene. Another passenger in the car, 18-year-old Samantha Baker, was flown to a Grand Rapids hospital where she remained in critical condition Monday.

Michigan State Police say the driver of the car, 46-year-old Michelle Baker of Howard City, and another car passenger, 18-year-old Zachary Buckles of Six Lakes, where taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Troopers say the Bakers’ car was turning left onto Amble Road when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck driven by a 27-year-old man from Cedar Springs. 

Both pickup truck drivers had minor injuries, according to MSP.

Police say it’s unclear if alcohol or distracted driving were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation. 

A family friend has set up a GoFundMe page to support the Baker family. 

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