Friends and family of Timothy Baxter will gather Saturday at the Boynton Woman’s Club to honor the Boynton Beach resident who died Sunday after he was hit by a car.
Baxter, 53, was headed east trying to cross Seacrest Boulevard north of Woolbright Road when he was hit by a northbound silver 2003 Chevy Cavalier, driven by 35-year-old Vanessa Murphy. Murphy, also a Boynton resident, was not injured, police said. Baxter was taken to Delray Medical Center where he later died.
Baxter’s memorial will start at 10 a.m. at the club at 1010 S. Federal Highway, said Valry English Pritchard, who grew up with Baxter. He also mowed her lawn every other week, she said.
Baxter was known for being a friendly face in the neighborhood and took care of many residents’ lawns. He didn’t drive, and walked around the neighborhoods. He was a fixture on the streets near Seacrest Boulevard and his home on Southeast Ninth Avenue. William Shawn Breze called Baxter “our mascot for Boynton.” Peter Nixon, part owner of Hoffmann and Nixon Air Conditioning, called him the “neighborhood watchman.”
Friends of Baxter’s came to the Boynton Beach City Commission meeting Monday night and called for the 40 mph speed limit on Seacrest to be lowered to stop speeders. The boulevard is not run by Boynton, however. The county would determine if that is necessary, Boynton officials said.
Boynton’s police officers continue to investigate the wreck. It is too early to say if speed was a factor, said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater. Slater said there is no time frame for when the investigation is expected to conclude. She described a traffic homicide investigation as “time-intensive,” and said investigators need to be “extremely meticulous” in their work.