Woman dies from injuries after vehicle struck deer

A Columbus woman who suffered severe head injuries after her vehicle collided with a large deer has died.

Amy Baker-Lark, 41, had been hospitalized at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis since the Nov. 19 accident. She died at 5:34 p.m. Wednesday at the hospital, according to her family.

Her husband, Quentin S. Lark, was in the car with her when the accident occurred on Carr Hill Road on Columbus’ west side.

The couple, who met on a blind date and married in 2013, have been raising her children from a previous marriage — Kaley Baker, 16, Kennedy Baker, 13, and Jace Baker, 10, he said. As a mom, she was active in her children’s activities and in supporting them, Quentin Lark said.

He described his wife as a person who was awesome with kids and had her own in-home day care for 12 children, something she loved, he said.

“She was always there for everybody,” he said.

Lark said his wife did not regain consciousness after the accident due to the severity of her head injuries. She was driving a small Jeep SUV that collided with a 175- to 200-pound doe at 5:49 p.m. in the 2700 block of West Carr Hill Road, Bartholomew County sheriff’s deputies said last month.

The couple were heading out to a shopping trip on the city’s west side when the accident occurred, Lark said.

There was no time to anticipate the collision with the deer, Lark said. Deputies estimated earlier that the vehicle might have been traveling 45 to 50 mph when the collision occurred.

After the deer came through the windshield, it hit his wife and him in the head before landing in the back of the Jeep, Lark said. Although he was momentarily unconscious, Lark said, he regained consciousness after the Jeep hit a mailbox and was heading through a tree line before stopping in a yard at 2765 W. Carr Hill Road.

Someone at the accident scene called 911 and helped the couple at the scene, he said. Arrangements for Amy Baker-Lark are pending at Myers-Reed Chapel in Columbus.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.