Car slams into tree, killing 2 men in Laurel

Brock Bridge Road crash seriously injures driver

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.

The Civic struck a tree head-on, and the tree pushed into the passenger-side compartment, killing Gibson and Stansbury on impact, police said.

Neither Gibson nor Stansbury was wearing a seat belt, police said, and it was unclear whether Dilworth was wearing his.

Officers are awaiting blood tests to determine whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash.

Stansbury was a senior at Laurel High School and was the neighborhood mechanic, his stepfather said.

"He put in everyone's stereo and repaired everyone's CD player," Pearson said. "He was well liked by everyone."

Stansbury hoped to become a high-end mechanic after he graduated and to work on sports cars. His parents had bought him a 1993 Chevy Lumina, which he kept in pristine condition.

He had two older half-sisters and doted on younger relatives and children, his stepfather said.

Stansbury and the other two men had known each other for some time and shared an interest in motorcycles, Pearson said.

A relative of Gibson's who answered the phone at his family's home declined to comment last night.

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