Woman dies after twovehicle crash
Bunnell worked for decades in pharmacies
A longtime pharma- cy technician at a St. Mary’s grocery, who died after a vehicle col- lision on Thanksgiving night in Waldorf, was remembered this week at the store for her kindness to customers and coworkers.
Sherry Lynn Bunnell, a 46-year-old Mechanicsville resident, was studying to become a nurse
after her upcoming retirement from her pharmacy career.
A helicopter crew flew Bunnell to a hospital after Thursday evening’s two-vehicle crash in Charles County, police report, and she succumbed to her injuries on Friday.
Deputies with the Charles County sheriff’s traffic operations unit responded at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to the intersec- tion of Billingsley Road and St. Charles Parkway, for the collision involving a Chevrolet Equinox and a Mercedes Benz, according to a release from the law enforcement agency. Bunnell, who was the front seat passenger in the Equinox, and its driv- er both were flown to a hospital with serious injuries.
A back seat passenger in the Equinox was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and the driver of the Mercedes Benz received medical treatment at the scene of the collision.
Police report that the Equinox, traveling west- bound on Billingsley Road, failed to yield the right of way when at- tempting to turn left onto southbound St. Charles Parkway, causing the Mercedes traveling east- bound on Billingsley Road to strike the vehicle carrying Bunnell.
Bunnell began her 28 years as a pharmacy technician at the Giant store in Fort Washington, before switching to a new store opening in California’s First Colony shopping area.
“She worked here for 15 years, since the store opened in 2001,” store manager Mike Williams said Tuesday morning at the business.
“Her demeanor, to me there was never a better employee,” Williams said. “She always had a smile on her face. She would brighten your day.”
As customers have learned of Bunnell’s death, Williams said, they have been reciprocating the offers of help they customarily receive from the store’s employees.
“It’s a tragic loss,” the manager said. “The num- ber of compliments she has gotten from customers over the years [are] so numerous. They’re [now] saying, ‘If you need something, let me know.’”
A pharmacy technician’s job did not require a great deal of formal instruction when Bunnell first began working, Wil- liams said, but she took all the training that became mandated during her career of almost three decades. “Going through all that spurred her,” he said, to recently take on college courses to become a nurse.
“She was going back to school right now,” he said. “I think she was looking at that 30-year [retirement] benchmark, ... [and] looking at something else to do.”
There will be a new pharmacy technician at the store, Williams said, but they won’t be able to replace Bunnell.
“We’re going to put somebody in that job,” he said, “but it ain’t going to be Sherry.”