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Actor and comedian Tony Baker is mourning the loss of his 21-year-old son Cerain Baker who died in a horrific car crash this week in Burbank, California.

According to officials from the Burbank police department, Cerain was a passenger in a silver Volkswagen that was struck by two other vehicles that were apparently street racing.

Police say Cerain was with three friends - Jaiden Johnson, 20, Natalee Moghaddam, 19, and another unnamed occupant - when their car was struck by cars involved in illegal street racing.

The occupants were "ejected" from the car on impact and Cerain Baker, Johnson and Moghaddam died of "multiple blunt force injuries". The fourth person in the car "sustained serious injuries" and is hospitalized at a local trauma center.

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Speaking to NBC Los Angeles on Thursday, "Whiplash" star Baker admitted his son's death "feels like it's not real".

"We get waves of grief. We sob uncontrollably. Then it's back to regular conversation," he added.

An investigation into the crash, which caused one of the cars to catch fire, is ongoing. No charges had been made as WENN.com went to press.

Sergeant Emil Brimway, of the Burbank Police Department, told ABC7 that the crash is the worst he's seen in his nearly 20 years as a police officer.

"In my 19-year-career, I haven't seen anything like this, personally," he said. "Not to this magnitude and this level of debris over a two-city block span."

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The driver of a van packed with 16 women that crashed near Atlanta over the weekend has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Monica Manire was arrested Wednesday and charged with six counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree, Fox 5 Atlanta reported. She was also charged with improper lane change.

Manire, 32, of Byron, was driving the 2002 Dodge Ram van to a sober living meeting in Gwinnett County when she recklessly changed lanes, causing the van to flip on its side and slide across 2 lanes of traffic.

She is being held at the Gwinnett County Jail, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

According to a police report, the van was heading north on I-85, approaching the I-985 split, when another vehicle unexpectedly changed lanes in front of it.

Manire changed lanes to avoid a collision. The van lost control and rolled over on its side before sliding across two lanes and striking a guard rail where it burst into flames.

A motorist kicked out the windshield in a desperate attempt to reach the passengers trapped inside the burning van.

10 people including Manire made it out alive, but six women perished in the fire.

Gwinnett County police released the names of the victims who are all from Georgia.

Among the dead was Alishia Carroll of Columbus, a 34-year-old mother of four, who was trying to kick her addictions.

"She was finally trying to get good for herself and good for kids and God just wanted to take her home," Carroll's oldest child, Kylie Mitchell, told WXIA-TV.

The other deceased victims are Kristie Whitfield, 44, of Mount Airy, Ashleigh Paris, 26, of Kennesaw, Tina Rice, 53, of Atlanta, Normisha Monroe, 38, of Norcross, and Rose Patrick, 34, of Ellabell.

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Quindon Tarver, best known for his performance in Romeo + Juliet, died in a single car accident, according to multiple reports. He was 38.

Tarver died after he crashed his car into a wall on the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas, Texas on Friday, April 2, his uncle Willie Tarver, told the Daily Beast.

He gained fame as a child for his vocal performance in Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

"He loved everybody," another uncle, Kevin Tarver, told the Daily Beast about his nephew. "He loved music since he was young, and singing eventually took him all around the world. That was his passion."

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Tarver started out singing in church choirs and appeared as a choir boy in Baz Luhrmann's modern adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy. He performed covers of Prince's "When Doves Cry" and Rozalla's "Everybody's Free."

He also appeared in Madonna's "Like a Prayer" music video, and on seasons 2 and 7 of American Idol.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2017, Quindon Tarver said his career tanked after he spoke out about being sexually abused by his former manager when he was on the same record label as B2K.

"I was hurting. I had been molested, I had been raped, I had lost my career, which is what I had dreamed of doing all my life," he said.

Tarver struggled with bisexuality, drugs, alcohol and suicidal thoughts. He was invited to sing "When Doves Cry" at a 2016 Prince tribute in Los Angeles, which he credits as a turning point in his life.

The singer released a new version of "Everybody's Free" in 2017, and came out with a single, "Stand Our Ground," in October, 2020.

In his final post on Instagram on March 25, Tarver spoke about suicidal thoughts and his belief in God.

He captioned the video:

"When I think of being at my lowest point in life & suicide was my only way out in 2012. After the attempted try that landed me on life support for 17 hours on a breathing machine... it was NOBODY BUT GOD that put breath back in my body! This @dorindaclarkcole song has been a testimonial song for me & it will hold dear to me heart forever! I thank God for being God!!!"

 

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15 migrants died after the SUV they were passengers in collided with a semi truck on Tuesday, around 6:15 AM local time near the California-Mexico border.

The highway patrol said the Ford Expedition, designed to carry six people, was packed with 27 migrants when it entered a busy intersection where it collided with a gravel-filled semitruck.

Fourteen people, including the Ford driver, were pronounced dead at the scene, and another passenger died at a hospital, officials said.

California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Omar Watson said the SUV had no seats other than the driver's seat and front passenger's seat.

Watson did not indicate whether the migrants had just entered the country.

He said several of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died upon impact.

"Everyone in the vehicle was injured to some extent," Watson told reporters.

"Obviously, that vehicle is not meant for that many people," he added.

Watson said the SUV's driver may have ran the stop sign. "Subsequently the big rig collided with the left side of the Ford Expedition."

No charges have been filed in the crash.
 

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Forensics experts suggest golf legend Tiger Woods may have fallen asleep at the wheel prior to his rollover car crash.

Woods, who was in town to host the Genesis Invitational golf, had just left his hotel after 7 a.m. local time, and was speeding in his Genesis 80 sports utility vehicle when he lost control of the SUV on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The vehicle crossed a median and smashed into a tree before flipping multiple times and coming to rest on its side in a ditch.

The 45-year-old golfer fractured several bones in his lower right leg and ankle, which suggests he slammed on the brake at the time of impact, experts told USA Today.

Forensic analysis indicates Woods hit the brake late into the collision sequence.

One expert told USA Today that the SUV did not change direction when entering the curve -- an indication that the car went straight rather than follow the curve in the road.

Woods is recovering from a second surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was transferred on Friday. He was not charged in the accident.

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CNN anchor Andy Scholes has apologized for insensitive remarks he made during a live broadcast following Tiger Woods' rollover car accident on Tuesday.

Woods, 45, underwent a "long surgical procedure" on his right leg and ankle following a single-car crash near Los Angeles just after 7 a.m. local time.

The iconic golfer had just left his hotel, and was speeding in his Genesis GV80 sports utility vehicle when he lost control of the SUV at a curve in the road.

The vehicle crossed a divider and smashed into trees before rolling over multiple times and coming to rest on its side in a ditch near Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Scholes, who was anchoring a CNN segment hours after the crash, said, "Stunned I guess, but not entirely surprised by, you know, what we're seeing here."

He added:

"Tiger, back in 2017, was found by police, pulled over to the side of the road. You know, asleep in his car. He had said he had taken a lot of painkillers at that time. Because, as well all know, Tiger has undergone a lot of surgeries over the years and painkillers have become a part of his life."

Scholes' remarks prompted a furious backlash on social media, including from his peers in mainstream media.

"This is just irresponsible journalism," tweeted Hemal Jhaveri, an editor for USA Today Sports. "We don't know anything yet. CNN needs to get some real sports reporters."

Scholes repeatedly apologized to Twitter users, saying, "Sorry didn't mean for it to come out that way."

Woods remains hospitalized as he recovers from surgery to stabilize bones in his lower right leg.
 

Automotive experts say the Genesis GV80 Woods was driving may have saved the golfing icon's life.

Woods is pictured standing next to the car he was driving at the time of the accident.

Among the SUV's safety features is a blind-spot monitor with "collision-avoidance assist" technology, a "driver attention warning" system, and "semi-autonomous driving mode" that adapts over time to the owner's typical driving style.

The SUV also features a fortified frame that absorbs impact during rollovers.

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Tiger Woods is "awake and responsive" after successfully undergoing a "long surgical procedure" on his right leg and ankle following a single-car crash near Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Woods, who lives in Jupiter, Florida, was in town to host the Genesis Invitational golf event held at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. from Feb. 15-Feb. 21. He also met with celebrities for a promotional event with Golf Digest.

The iconic golfer had just left his hotel after 7 a.m. local time, and was speeding in his Genesis 80 sports utility vehicle when he lost control of the SUV at a curve in the road.

The vehicle crossed a divider and smashed into trees before rolling over multiple times and coming to rest on its side in a ditch near Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Woods, who was conscious and calm, was cut out of the vehicle through the windshield and transported by ambulance to the nearby Harbor - UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to repair multiple open fractures in his lower right leg.

Surgeons stabilized the bones in his right lower leg and ankle with pins and rods.

His team released a statement on Wednesday on Twitter, which read:

"We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time... He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital."

There was also a detailed statement from his physician, Dr. Anish Mahajan, who wrote:

"Mr Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. "Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling."

According to the statement, Woods, 45, is "currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room".

The accident comes just two months after he underwent a fifth back surgery in December, and he was hoping to be fit enough to play at the Masters Tournament in April.

It's not the first time Tiger has been involved in a serious car accident - he crashed an SUV into a tree in Florida in 2009 as he drove away from a marital dispute with his then-wife, Swedish model Elin Nordegren.

Following news of the crash on Tuesday, Woods' ex-girlfriend Lindsey Vonn was among those sending her prayers. "Praying for TW right now," she tweeted.

Rachel Uchitel - with whom the golfer had a brief fling which triggered the end of his marriage to Nordegren - revealed she was "shaken" by the incident, and wondered how it would affect his career in the long run.

"He's an athlete and his legs are essential to his sport and to him being who he is and he's already had trouble with his body up until this point," she told the New York Post. "He didn't need any more injuries."

Hours before the crash, actress Jada Pinkett Smith took to Instagram to share a photo of herself and Woods after playing a round of golf the day prior.

She captioned the image:

"Guess who I had the most awesome golf day with yesterdayyyyyy??? Yes! The magnificent @tigerwoods!!!! Yes ... dreams come true... I can't wait for you to see my golf journey with Tiger. Stay tuned! @golftv @golfdigest."

 

Golf great Jack Nicklaus also shared his thoughts, writing he is "deeply concerned" for Tiger following the accident and he offered up "heartfelt support and prayers".

Retired sports stars Alex Rodriguez and Michael Phelps also took to social media to wish Woods well.


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Tiger Woods is undergoing surgery after suffering multiple broken bones and internal injuries in a rollover car crash Tuesday morning.

More details are emerge about the accident around 7:13 a.m. near the Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes neighborhoods of Los Angeles, Fox News reported.

Emergency responders used the jaws of life to extricate Woods from the SUV wreckage. Woods was a sole occupant in the SUV.

"The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage," officials said. "The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods. Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the 'jaws of life' by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries."

Helicopter news footage from ABC7 shows the wrecked SUV left the road, rolled over, and came to rest on its side.

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Woods, who is recovering from recent back surgery, previously admitted to an addiction to opioid narcotics as a result of back surgeries over the years.

He was arrested in 2017 after falling asleep behind the wheel of his car near his Jupiter Island, Florida, mansion at about 3:00 am. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The 45-year-old father-of-two agreed to take part in a first-time DUI offender program, which he completed.

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He received a year of probation, was fined $250, and ordered to undergo 50 hours of community service along with regular drug tests. He was not allowed to drink alcohol during the probation period.

Woods' agent Mark Steinberg released a statement following Tuesday's crash.

"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support," Steinberg said.
 

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Police arrested a man who crashed his Tesla into a red Ferrari in Beverly Hills, California overnight.

Emergency personnel responded to a 2-vehicle crash in the area of Sunset Boulevard and North Canon Drive around 12:09 a.m. Wednesday.

The driver of the Ferrari is Christian Combs, the 22-year-old son of rap producer Sean Combs and the late fashion model Kim Porter, who passed away in 2018.

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Video footage from the scene showed a red Ferrari with damage to the rear end. A damaged black Tesla is also seen.

Christian, an aspiring rapper who uses the stage name King Combs, suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized.

The Tesla driver was arrested at the scene. An investigation into the crash is ongoing. The Tesla crash was the second involving a celebrity on the West Coast.

Rapper Frank Ocean's 18-year-old brother, Ryan Breaux, was killed in a single-car Tesla crash early Sunday. Excessive speeding was a contributing factor in the accident.

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Frank Ocean's younger brother Ryan Breaux died in a fiery car crash early Sunday in Thousand Oaks, California. He was 18.

Ocean, 32, is pictured above sitting alone on a curb overlooking the crash site.

The accident happened on Westlake Boulevard in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 2.

According to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Breaux was a passenger in a Tesla Sedan that veered off the road and crashed into a tree.

The Tesla's driver, identified as Breaux's classmate Ezekial Bishop, also died in the single-car crash.

First responders arrived to find the sedan fully engulfed in flames. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Photos and video of the fiery wreckage quickly spread on social media.

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Ocean was close to his younger brother, who at age 11 appeared on the song "Futura Free" from Ocean's critically acclaimed 2016 album, Blonde.

Family and friends of both victims took to social media to express their sorrow and condolences.

Paris Brosnan, actor Pierce Brosnan's son, wrote a lengthy, emotional tribute to his friend on Instagram:

"To my brother, who was talented beyond belief, possessed a heart of gold, had an energy that was infectious, a smile & laugh that lifted everyone’s spirit, and was a loyal and authentic friend to anyone he knew. You were just getting started and ready to show the world who you were..."
 

Musician Tre Samuels wrote on Breaux's last Instagram post: "I'm lost for words. Sending you my love bro."

"You gave us all love and laughter brother," wrote Brandon Thomas Lee, son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. "Love you forever. I hope I get to see you again one day."
 

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