Multi-vehicle crash claims life of 1998 Hillsboro High grad

A 1998 graduate of Hillsboro High School was killed in a collision involving two semitrailers and a car in Harvey County early Tuesday morning.

Kory Baker, 22, was pronounced dead on the scene. None of the other drivers were injured.

The accident occurred at 5:17 a.m. on U.S. Highway 50 between Osage and Eastlake Road at Milepost 285.5.

Baker, 22, was driving a 1996 Pontiac westbound on U.S. 50 on the morning of Dec. 18. For an undetermined reason, Baker’s vehicle crossed the center line. It hit the rear dual wheels of an eastbound semitrailer and traveled under the trailer, according to Jeanne Drake, office deputy for the Harvey County Sheriff’s Office.

Baker’s car spun around and came to rest in the middle of the road.

A second westbound semitrailer then hit Baker’s car. The impact of that crash knocked the car into a another passenger car.

Baker’s mother, Kathy Baker Washmon of Hillsboro, remembered the affection her son had for others.

“He was loved by everybody and everybody just loved Kory,” Baker said. “He loved life, he loved his friends, and he loved to smile.”

The funeral was held Friday in Newton.

Survivors include his parents, Kathy Baker Washmon and Mike Baker; his step-father, Greg Washmon; one brother, Kris Baker of Hillsboro; one step-sister, Whitney Washmon of rural Hillsboro; and grandparents Tim and Annette Bowring and step-grandparents John and Lola Savoia of Hillsboro.

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