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Beloved doctor and her husband killed in motorcycle crash

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Dr. Laurie Baker (SOURCE: submitted) Dr. Laurie Baker (SOURCE: submitted)

A Collierville couple is dead after a motorcycle crash on a Nashville interstate.

Mark Baker, 58, and his wife, Laurie Baker, 56, both died when they lost control of their motorcycle on Interstate 440 just before 4 p.m. Saturday.

Nashville police said Mark and Laurie were thrown from the motorcycle during the crash. Mark was thrown off the overpass; an oncoming tractor-trailer hit him and drove off without stopping. 

Investigators are still trying to learn who was driving the tractor-trailer.

The Bakers died on the scene.

Friends couldn't believe the news when they heard how their beloved friends died.

"When you think about the way they died? Horrible," George Palmer, a patient and friend of Dr. Baker's, said.

"I guess I'm kind of numb to be honest with you about the way it happened," Donna Sivils, a friend of Laurie Baker, said. "It's such a horrible thing."

Dr. Laurie Baker practiced medicine for 20 years at the Southwind Medical Specialists. Her patients said she was a wonderful and caring doctor.

On Monday, Methodist Healthcare released a statement that said Dr. Baker was an incredible wife, mother, and physician and there are no words to express their grief.

In a news release, police said, "No witnesses to the events on I-440 came forward to speak with police. It is unknown which of the deceased was in physical control of the motorcycle, although Mark Baker is presumed to have been in that he had a valid motorcycle license. There was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement at the scene."

Palmer was Dr. Baker's patient for 17 years and became a close family friend. He said Mark was adventurous and loving.

"He was a very dedicated family man," Palmer said. 

The Bakers leave behind two adult children--a daughter who friends said is a local nurse, and a son who is studying medicine.

"We don't understand these things," Sivils said. "We just have to have faith and trust. And I do know that she loved life and had a very wonderful life when she was here and she did good for others and that's what really counts."

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