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GoFundMe started after fatal Baker crash; two children still fighting for their lives


A GoFundMe account has been created to help support the medical needs of three children injured in a traffic crash near Baker and to fund a memorial for a 9-year-old boy who was killed in the wreck. 

The page titled “Help the Menzies kids recover” was launched two days after the head-on collision on State Road 4 near Keyser Mill Road on Monday evening. The children’s father and another family member are listed as the organizers. 

More: 9-year-old killed, three children aged 5 or younger seriously injured in crash near Baker

According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, a Subaru occupied by the four children and a 39-year-old woman, all from Evergreen, Alabama, was traveling east on SR 4 as a Kia SUV driven by a Baker woman was approaching from the opposite direction. 

The Subaru crossed the center line and struck the front right of the Kia, the FHP reported. Both drivers suffered serious injuries and were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The 9-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were critically injured, and a 3-year-old girl was seriously injured. All three surviving children were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

The GoFundMe page shows graphic photos of two of the children being treated. The page states that the two children in critical condition are “fighting for their lives.”

Funds raised through the GoFundMe page will go toward the memorial of the deceased boy and help cover medical costs for the children still recovering, according to the website. 

As of Friday afternoon $835 had been raised, only a fraction of the $15,000 goal. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-the-menzies-kids-recover. 

FHP had not released any further information on the collision as of Friday evening. The agency last stated that the crash was under investigation and charges are possible.