GORE — A southbound driver, who police said tried to pass a tractor-trailer in the 1900 block of Carpers Pike (Va. 259) in Frederick County, was killed when she collided head-on with a northbound box truck about 2:20 p.m. Monday.
Jamie Lee Baker, 37, of Yellow Spring, W.Va., was driving a green, four-door 2001 Hyundai. The crash occurred on a curving incline where passing is illegal. “The green vehicle attempted to pass the tractor-trailer on the double yellow line,” said Lt. Warren Gosnell, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office traffic division commander.
He said Baker died on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was shaken up, but unhurt, according to Jason Hall, owner of the Noland Co., a Winchester-based industrial plumbing supplier. He said the truck was empty when the crash occurred.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to Gosnell. The truck was headed downhill when it was struck by the Hyundai. The impact crushed the front end of the car and pushed the vehicle about 25 yards downhill. The truck came to rest on an embankment.
The crash occurred about four miles south of Northwestern Pike (U.S. 50) and about a quarter-mile south of Cline Drive. The road reopened around 6:05 p.m.
Baker had been in Fredrick County General District Court earlier Monday on pending charges of reckless driving/driving with improper brakes, driving with a suspended license and failure to show proof of insurance, according to court records. Her driving record includes a 2015 conviction for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone.