Memorial fireworks held for family of crash victim

(Photo courtesy of Jesse Elwood)

Community tributes are pouring in for the family of a Chatham teenager who was killed in a crash over the weekend.

Hundreds of residents came together Monday for a special fireworks display in memory of 18-year-old Mable Baker.

Mable passed away this weekend following a tragic accident on Pain Court Line near Bear Line Road Saturday morning.

Chatham-Kent police withheld the victim’s name but family and friends have been sharing their remembrances of Mable on social media.

“We thought we would do fireworks for Mable and light the sky up because Mable was the light of our sky,” said Mable’s father Jesse Elwood. “I didn’t think it was going to be as big as it was but with all the people, it turned out fantastic.”

Elwood said close to 1,200 residents showed up last night, flooding the parking lot at Home Depot on Pioneer Line and neighbouring businesses. He said the entire street was full of cars.

“It was unbelievable,” said Elwood. “I couldn’t even shed a tear last night, I was overwhelmed with happiness. It took all of us away from what happened.”

The event had nearly 400 fireworks that were donated by dozens of people throughout the community.

“I want to thank everybody, the whole community,” said Elwood. “I want to thank Chatham-Kent police. They were amazing and came to show their support.”

Mable was an avid lover of sports who enjoyed bowling, badminton, and rugby. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

“Her outlook on life was always positive,” said Elwood. “She never wanted to settle down. She always wanted to be out and about with friends and family.”

Community members are also raising funds for Mable’s family to help cover funeral costs and show their support. You can donate here.

“I want to thank everyone for coming,” said Elwood.