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Renton Firefighter Dies in Car Accident

A Renton firefighter died when he was off duty, as his pickup spun off the road and hit a tree.

Joshua Baker, 33, of Graham, Wash., was traveling north on Meadowbrook Way. His truck spun and left the roadway, sliding down an embankment and striking a tree. The Washington State Patrol said they believe Baker may have been speeding, causing the accident, but the exact cause is still being investigated.

He was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center.

Baker was a firefighter with the Renton fire department since 2008, prior to which he severed with the King County Fire District 40.

As a Seattle car accident attorney, it’s devastating to hear about the tragic accident, especially because this man risked his life for others everyday as a firefighter. Drivers should always follow speed limits, as they are established for your safety. Washington roads are often windy and hilly, making speed control especially important. My condolences go out to Baker’s family and friends. A service for Baker will be held at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance Church at 11 a.m. Nov. 20. Those who want to donate to his memorial fund can visit any U.S. Bank branch, according to news reports.