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Police: Driver Error Caused Double-Fatal Accident

Police identified the victims of the crash as Stephanie Noell Banchero, 26, of Gambrills and Mary Elizabeth Corkill, 70, of Davidsonville.

Driver error was the primary cause of Monday night's in Davidsonville, according to a press release from Anne Arundel County police. 

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Emergency personnel responded to a report of a car accident at Davidsonville Road near Rossback Road around 5:50 p.m. on Monday, where they found a heavy front-end collision, Anne Arundel County Fire Capt. James Rostek said. The drivers of the vehicles were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Police said Stephanie Noell Banchero, 26, of Gambrills, was traveling north on Davidsonville Road in a 2002 Honda Accord when she drifted off the right side of the roadway. Banchero “overcorrected” and caused the vehicle to move across the double yellow lines and into oncoming traffic, according to the release.

Banchero’s Honda with a 2000 Cadillac SLS in the southbound lane, killing herself and the Cadillac’s driver, Mary Elizabeth Corkill, 70, of Davidsonville.

There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol were factors in the accident, according to police. 

Melanie April 11, 2012 at 09:13 PM
This is a very sad story. I wonder why the young driver swerved? Was she on her cell phone, texting, etc... Even with this new, harder than ever to enforce cell phone/texting law, I still see people every day looking down in their laps as they are driving. I see people swerving into another lane only to over-correct and swerve the other way. I pray for the families of both victims, and for all drivers to take notice and be more aware of their driving!
tom April 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Were there not head on collisions before cell phones? Everyone is so quick to blame cell phones.
Melanie April 18, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Of course there were! However, distracted driving seems to be the norm these days, with cell phone use at the top of the list! I have seen, first-hand two accidents that occurred because of cell phone use. I drive a small car and a motorcycle and am VERY aware of drivers around me. When I see one "drifting" into another land, it has ultimately been cell phone use. Just last Sunday, my husband and watched as a car on Route 50 "drifted" once to the right, then to the left right into the side of an SUV and totally sideswiped the SUV, almost running him into the concrete barriers! Accidents occur because of driver distractions.... PERIOD!
Charles April 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I agree with Melanie. I drive a lot for work and notice cell phone distracted drivers all of the time. Particularly younger drivers. Most accidents I see in my travels are attributed to some sort of distraction to drivers (typically talking, texting or other). It would be easy to determine if this was the case in this incident; just look at the phone and call records. They are time stamped. I don't know if this was included in the investigation, but it should have been. Maybe Johnathan Moynahan needs to find out more and post a followup report.

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