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'Not Guilty' Plea in Crash That Killed 3-Year-Old Oxford Girl

Waterbury man arraigned for accident that caused the death of Oxford's Lily Brooks.

Photo Credit: Paul Singley
Photo Credit: Paul Singley
Waterbury resident Garrett Baker was arraigned in Derby Superior Court Monday on charges related to the Sept. 11, 2013 accident that took the life of 3-year-old Oxford resident Lily Brooks.

Baker, 30, pleaded ‘not guilty’ Monday and the case was continued to April 16.

Baker was arrested in February after an investigation into the accident that took place on Quaker Farm Road shortly after noon on Sept. 11.

According to police, Baker was driving his Ford F550 when he crossed over the centerlines and crashed into the Subaru Outback being driven by Amy Brooks. Brooks and Baker both sustained minor injuries, as did Baker’s passenger, Nicole Bahr, however Brooks’ daughter, Lily, was incapacitated when emergency responders arrived.

Lily was rushed to the hospital by Life Star helicopter, where she passed away 3 days later.

At the time of the accident, police said they were investigating whether Baker might have been on prescription medication.

Baker is charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, distracted driving and failure to drive on the right side of the road. He was released on $75,000 prior to his arraignment Monday.
Jason Kessler March 03, 2014 at 05:38 PM
It is amazing what a total lack of conscience this “person” has. Two months after he kills a 3 year old child and devastates a family due to (alleged) distracted driving, he gets ticketed for using his cell phone while driving. If he has an ounce of remorse in his body he should do the right thing and just admit to what he did and plead guilty rather than drag the family through a trial.
Craig Zac March 04, 2014 at 07:28 AM
not for anything b ut, if you cross the center line and hit another car head on and kill someone, its at least vehicular manslaughter... how can he plead not guilty? he was driving, his truck crossed into the oncoming lane and a little girl died because of it. I cannot think of a way he isn't guilty. It sux and all but dude, you gotta man up and do what's right and accept the fact that you were responsible for the wreck. Even if your truck blew a tire or something went wrong with it and it went into the other lane, you are supposed to maintain control of it at all times. no if's, and's, or but's about it.
Jason Kessler March 21, 2014 at 04:10 PM
So for the second time since this piece of garbage killed a three year old child he got ticketed for operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld device. Why does this person still have a license? Fatal wreck allegedly caused by inattentive driving on 9/11/2013 and he is still driving while using his cellphone. He gets ticketed for this offense on 11/19/2013 and again on 01/07/2014. You know these were not the only two times he was doing this. Get him off the road before he kills somebody else.
Steve Graham March 24, 2014 at 06:40 PM
He did the prosecution a favor with the 2nd offense. now they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt where his regard for the law is.

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