2 Laurel men killed when car hits tree

October 02, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz and Jason Song | Julie Bykowicz and Jason Song,SUN STAFF

Two Laurel men were killed late Tuesday when the car in which they were passengers veered off Brock Bridge Road and slammed into a tree, Anne Arundel County police said.

The victims were identified as Corey Eugene Gibson, 23, and Michael Joseph Stansbury Jr., 17.

The driver, Vincent Merrill Dilworth Jr., 18, was in critical condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was being treated for internal injuries.

The men were friends who lived in Laurel, said police and family members. "They were mechanic buddies," said Clayton Pearson, Stansbury's stepfather. "They were just cruising together."

Police said Dilworth was driving his mother's 1991 Honda Civic, with Gibson in the front passenger seat and Stansbury in the back seat, when he lost control of the car.

The speed limit on that stretch of Brock Bridge Road, near the Prince George's County line, is 35 mph. Police are unsure how fast Dilworth was going when his vehicle skidded about 64 feet off the road but said in an incident report that speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

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