Woman dies after twove­hi­cle crash

Bun­nell worked for decades in phar­ma­cies

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com and JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

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.”


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