Villager thankful her nephew, Fox anchor Bret Baier and his family, survive car crash

Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his family were injured in a vehicle crash in Montana on Monday while on a skiing vacation.

Bret Baier speaks to a crowd during a book-signing event in May at Barnes & Noble in Lake Sumter Landing.
Kathy Scarito

Baier, whose aunt, Kathy Scarito, lives in the Village of Sunset Pointe, released a statement saying that he was driving to the airport with his wife and two sons when they were involved in a “major” car crash.

“Thanks to a man driving by named Zach who stopped and helped, we were able to climb out of the flipped car,” Baier said. “And thanks to the first responders and Montana Highway Patrol, we made it to the hospital quickly. We are very grateful to all of those who helped us out.”

Scarito said she received a call Monday night about her nephew’s accident. She said everyone in the car suffered injuries but they already are headed back to their home in Washington, D.C.

“Thank God they are going to be OK,” she said Tuesday afternoon, recalling visits with her nephew. “It was a bad crash.”

Bret Baier signs his new book in May for Dennis Nedley, who worked as a production assistant with the Fox News Channel commentator 25 years ago at a small PBS station in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Baier is no stranger to The Villages, having been here in May for a book-signing event at Barnes & Noble. The host of “Special Report with Bret Baier” and chief political anchor for the Fox News Channel was promoting his latest work titled “Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire.”

Baier’s visit drew quite an enthusiastic crowd. And after the event, he promised that it wouldn’t be his last stop in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

“I’ll bet I’ll have another book,” he said with a smile. “And if I had to bet, I’m sure I’ll be back.”