Man killed assisting crash victim

A Gulf Breeze man was fatally struck by a car Tuesday while trying to assist victims of a five car accident on Highway 29 in Escambia County.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) report, father and husband Mike Bailey, 29, was hit by a truck trying to avoid the accident.

The accident began when a Jeep driving in front of 17-year-old Sabra Stewart slowed to make a left turn off northbound Highway 29 onto Hazard Lane. Stewart failed to slow causing her Toyota to strike the rear end of the Jeep.

The Toyota then rotated into the neighboring lane causing a Mercedes to strike its left side. This caused the Mercedes to run across the southbound lanes before striking a tree on the far side of the road. The Toyota continued to spin into southbound traffic where it collided with another vehicle. The Toyota came to a stop in the far right lane.

At this point Bailey exited his vehicle to assist Stewart. Two vehicles swerved to avoid Stewart’s vehicle. The second vehicle’s front end struck Bailey as he was checking on Stewart.

Stewart has been charged with careless driving, and further charges are pending the results of an investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident is urged to call FHP Corporal Shawn Kelly at 850-484-5000.

A 71-year-old woman in the Jeep suffered serious injuries and was carried to West Florida Hospital. The two occupants of the Mercedes were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Stewart sustained minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

Bailey was father to two sons, ages 5 and 7, with a third child on the way according to a Go Fund Me page setup to support his family. The children attend Oriole Beach Elementary School.

Bailey, who worked as a RE/MAX agent and at Lowes on Gulf Breeze Parkway, was the sole bread winner for his family as his pregnant wife was on doctor ordered bed rest according to the Go Fund Me account.

The account is titled “Bailey family needs help after loss.” The account has earned $2,810 with a goal of $10,000.

Donation can be made at gofundme.com/bailey-family-needs-help-after-loss.

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