Family, friends mourn couple killed in motorcycle crash on I-440

Laurie Baker  (Courtesy: Methodist Healthcare)
Laurie Baker (Courtesy: Methodist Healthcare)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Collierville couple killed while riding a motorcycle in Nashville Saturday.

Mark Baker, 58, and his 56-year-old wife Laurie, were traveling east on their 2016 Harley Davidson on the Interstate 440 overpass when they crashed for an unknown reason.

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Mark was thrown onto I-24 below and was run over by a tractor-trailer. Both he and his wife died on the scene.

A longtime friend of the family, who wished not be named, told News 2 the Bakers were on a road trip, traveling from Memphis to Gatlinburg for a medical meeting. It was a trip they had been planning for a while.

“We had dinner with them the night before, and they were really looking forward to this trip and we are profoundly brokenhearted with this tragedy. It’s unspeakable.”

The friend says Laurie Baker was a beloved family doctor working for Methodist Healthcare in Memphis since 1996.

“She has a very devoted loving patient base. We will miss her beyond belief.”

Laurie’s husband Mark was an author and motorcycle enthusiast. Riding was one of the couple’s favorite things to do together.

“They loved to ride together. He was very proud of the fact that she liked to ride with him, and her safety and their fun was paramount concern to him,” the friend explained.

She continued, “The fact that a tragedy like this happens to him and his wife is the hardest thing for all of us to put our hearts and our minds around right now.”

According to friends, the Bakers were the love of one another’s life. They had been married for more than 30 years and had two children together.