Year After Fatal Accident, Churchville Man Charged With Manslaughter

Jordan Craig Stewart is charged with driving under the influence the day of the accident.

Nearly a year after a Street man was killed in a head-on collision, police are holding the driver responsible on several charges.

Jordan Craig Stewart, now 27, of the 500 block of Bryarly Court in Churchville, was indicted Oct. 16 on charges of negligent manslaughter by vehicle, negligent homicide by auto while using drugs, and six related charges.

The charges stem from a crash that killed a 21-year-old man.

On Nov. 5, 2011, Joshua John Hanna, 21, was driving a 2008 Hyundai Elantra eastbound on Maryland Route 22. Meanwhile, Stewart was driving a 1994 Dodge Ram pickup in the opposite direction. Just before 4 p.m., the pickup crossed the center line in the 3100 block of Route 22 and hit the Hanna's car head-on, Maryland State Police said immediately following the crash.

Hanna was flown by medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was pronounced dead.

Stewart, who was 26 at the time, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

Stewart had been free until the indictment. He was being held Friday afternoon at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The lengthy wait for an indictment is not unheard of, Harford County State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly said Friday.

"Most of the time it has to do with the length of time it takes to get the reports from police," Cassilly said. “They don’t regard their report complete until they get the medical examiner’s report and that takes three months right there."

Cassilly said it's a number of things that leave all involved waiting.

"We try and go faster than that because it doesn’t help us as prosecutors for that much time to go by, but we don’t seem to have much control over that," Cassilly said.

Stewart has faced drug and traffic charges in the past, including a 2007 guilty finding for driving while under the influence in Harford County, according to online court records. He received probation before judgement in that case.

Megan December 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I have lost multiple friends within the past years. Josh was one of my best friends who was always there for anyone who needed him. He was not doing drugs, or abusing anything he was being a good person and going to work on his day off. He was a hard worker and one of the best people I will ever come in contact with. THe statement only the good die young must be true cause the day that jerk crossed the road he took a great one. He will never be able to help another person or brighten another day. Revenge will never bring back Josh but justice most be paid. A year later Jordan Stewart is finally charged is completely rediculous. He has been able to roam the roads and is lucky he has not taken another life. If he wanted to change his addiction he had a year to take actions and go to the family and put himself in rehab programs and prove he felt remorse and wanted a change. I can't imagaine knowing you have taken a life and not want to change my own for the better or going to the grieving family and change my act. Sorry for my spelling and grammer but that's the last thing on the mind when all I see are the faces of my friends that are gone and I can never share a laugh or a hug with them again.
Megan December 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM
This is Vikki, I first met Joshua from my daughter. He had come over to my house and introduced himself and was very polite and courteous. My daughter has a heart condition and he was always a friend she needed around. He would pick her up food if she was sick or come see her in the hospital. He has helped her when she had attacks and was always trying to do the right thing. I have had to watch over the past year my daughter grieve many losses of her young friends. She never thought people she talked to about growing old with wouldn't make it to there 22nd birthday to celebrate and see the joys of life with her. Through my daughter I met the Hanna family out of couriosity of where this fine man was brought up.I made a point to meet his parents, I believe good parents need to know there friends families. We all have to look out for one another and our kids. I became very close with his mother and family. I was there the night she heard the news hours after the incident had happened. I couldnt even begin to describe the pain in her eyes and how my stomach felt about the news. The last thing a mom wants to hear is anything has happened to there child, the last thing you want to hear is it resulted in a death. She was very outgoing, strong, and a pleasure to be around as was josh and now she is sad and depressed and will never be able to see her son come home again. I pray for there family everyday as a mom i could never imagine living with that loss.
Megan December 15, 2012 at 07:10 AM
This is Vikki, This family will never be the same because of this loss. I just can't understand why someone who has taken a life is aloud to be free for so long like nothing has happened. It makes me sick to know that he has been driving around and could possibly to take another life without any punishment for what he has done. I pray that he is punished very soon. The sadness of this situation is that the sentence Jordon gets will never be enough for taking Joshua's life and won't take the sadness from Joshua's families hearts. It's so sad that we are losing all these young people to these drug additions. I just can't understand how someone can live with themselves after doing something so horrible to another human being. I hope Jordon and his family realize how this has affected Joshua's family and pray to God for forgiveness.
Danielle Burton May 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Some of these comments make me really sick, and bring angry and sad tears to my eyes. I think it is pathetic the high nasty uneducated beings get from provoking the wounded. I remember Josh's smile, and the immense respect he had for everyone, especially his family. I knew him when he was younger, and he was a pillar. He is such a man. If he would have seen Jordan on the side of the road, he probably would have tried to help. This makes me sad. I went to school with Jordan. I remember how much he loved acting and being silly. I could never have imagined in math class or Drama that I could look to the future and see any of our lives like this. All i can do is pray for peace as God's mercy and grace on all. Only out Heavenly Father can make a way where there seems to be no way. *Danielle* PS. Justin, Amber, Amanda, my heart is with your family....
ME May 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM
I don't understand how Jordan C Stewart, with his past history is only sentenced to serve 5 yrs for taking the life of this young man. The Justice system didn't work here. I don't know what that Judge was on that day. A 27-year-old Churchville man was sentenced Monday to serve five years in prison for causing a 2011 crash on Route 22 near Churchville that took the life of Joshua John Hanna, a 21-year-old Street resident. http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-75284048/


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