Heartbreaking: Sheriff’s deputy killed in car crash, survived by wife and one-year-old son

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT – On Saturday, November 12th, a car accident involving a Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office (SLCSO) deputy and a cement truck reportedly happened around 5:00 a.m. near 2090 North Redwood Road.

That deputy has been identified as Joel Baker, who was driving east along Mountain View Road when his vehicle was struck by a cement truck. Baker sustained life threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lehi City Police Department (LCPD) in investigating the cause of the crash. Lehi City Communications Manager Jeanteil Livingston said that preliminary investigations indicate that the cement truck driver either ran a red light or was unable to stop in time for the red light.

Baker joined SLCSO in May 2020 and also served as a correctional officer with the Utah Department of Correction. Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said in a statement:

“Deputy Baker was a kind and generous person who was always there for his teammates. We want his family to know that we are here to support them as they grieve this tragic loss.”

Baker was just 33-years-old and is survived by his wife and one-year-old son. Cami Beachman, Baker’s sister-in-law, said:

“The only thing we know is somehow there wasn’t enough time for him to stop at the light.”

Baker’s family has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to cover the funeral costs. Beachman said:

“He was kind and he loved my sister and their son more than anything. This is a big change for them. They now have a funeral to pay for that they didn’t expect to pay for and life she needs to adjust to.”

His family hopes this accident serves as a reminder for drivers to slow down and pay attention. His sister-in-law added:

“This is someone’s family member, their brother, their husband, their father. There are other people on the road and their lives are important.”

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In Moreno Valley, California, family and friends are mourning the loss of a correctional deputy and his teenage daughter after being struck by an alleged drunk driver.

Corporal Daniel Jacks Jr. and his 19-year-old daughter Hannah were pronounced dead at the scene when their Honda Insight was struck head-on by the driver of a Chevrolet Silverado.

The impact was so severe that the Honda was launched off the road, as reported by the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities believe that the man behind the wheel of the Silverado, 47-year-old Scott Bales, was under the influence of alcohol and had swerved into oncoming traffic.

Bales has been booked on two counts of homicide and also faces charges of driving under the influence and causing injury to a passenger in his own vehicle. Officer Jason Montez said:

“There’s no reason at all to be driving drunk. We have so many different rideshare services, public transportation, and taxis. There’s absolutely no reason. It’s totally preventable.”

Jacks was recently promoted to corporal in March after being with the Riverside Sheriff’s Office since 2008. The department said in a press release:

“Correctional Corporal Jacks was 45-years-old and a resident of San Jacinto. He is survived by his wife Denay, son Brendt, father Daniel Sr., and brothers Anthony and Tommy.”

According to reports, Bales had a passenger in his car during the time of the accident. Both were hospitalized afterwards and are expected to survive.

Under California law, Bales could be charged with second-degree murder under the theory of implied malice. Prosecutors could argue that because of his previous DUI convictions, Bales should have known, or was told, that driving while under the influence could cause injury or death to himself or others.

If convicted, a second-degree murder charge could carry a sentence of 15 years to life in a state prison.

Riverside County Superior Court records show that Bales was convicted in 2008 of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a license. He was sentenced to 120 days to be served on weekends and 30 days in the sheriff’s labor program.

In 2011, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence and driving without a license. He was sentenced to 150 days in the sheriff’s work-release program and five years probation. He was also ordered to attend 34 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and wear an alcohol-detection bracelet.

Then, in 2015, Bales pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence, driving without a license, and speeding. Online court records show that he was sentenced to one year of supervised release.

Montez has confirmed that the man arrested in the accident killing the Corporal and his daughter is the same person convicted of these other charges.

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