An American tourist who lost her partner and received substantial injuries during a horrific car crash on the Cork to Mallow road earlier this month travelled home to Indiana this week.
Deborah Baker lost Jim, her husband of 42-years, in a road traffic accident while visiting Cork as part of a dream holiday to Ireland “ they had planned for many years.”
A fundraising campaign launched for Ms Baker by family friend Molly Gabet after it emerged that Ms Baker did not have travel insurance has so far raised $35,541.
“After two long weeks, great news from the Baker family,” Ms Gabet wrote on the GoFundMe page.
“Debbie is coming home via air ambulance and should arrive Tuesday afternoon.” “(The family has)shown tremendous strength and love for each other. Without all of you and your support and love and prayers, this journey would have been so much more difficult.” “Thank you all for the amazing response to this campaign. In addition to all the family and friends from the USA who have donated to this campaign, we are all so touched by the support of the Irish people through prayers, helpfulness and donations. I am proud of my Irish heritage as are the Bakers.” Ms Baker and her husband Jim Baker were travelling with Jack Adams, Mr Baker’s cousin, and his wife Peggy Sue to Blarney on Monday, September 11 when they were involved in a three-vehicle road traffic collision on the Cork to Mallow Road.
The rented car the two couples were travelling in collided with an articulated truck near the Waterloo Junction.
Both Mr Baker and Ms Adams were pronounced dead at the scene, while Ms Baker and Mr Adams sustaining significant injuries.
They were both taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) for medical treatment.
A fundraising appeal was then launched by Ms Gabet to help cover Ms Baker’s and Mr Adams medical expenses, as well as to cover the costs of transporting both Mr Baker and Ms Adams home for their burials.
To donate to the fund, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/jimanddebbaker