Speed & Alcohol Blamed in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Mechanicsville

October 9, 2017

UPDATE 10/9/2017 @ 12:15 p.m.: St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision

On October 8, 2017 at approximately 9:07 p.m., patrol officers from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the serious motor vehicle collision in the area of Three Notch Road and Friendship School Road. Arriving officers discovered two vehicles involved in the collision, with two occupants ejected from one of the vehicles. The St Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined a 1999 Volkswagen Passat, operated by Brian Harding, age 43, of Mechanicsville, was traveling south on Three Notch Road. Witnesses report the Passat was traveling at a high rate of speed when it suffered a tire failure. Harding lost control of the vehicle causing it to enter the grass median and into the northbound lanes. The Passat was then struck by a 2016 Ford Expedition, operated by Carrie Eubanks, age 40, of Leonardtown. Harding and his passenger, Christopher Goldsmith, age 44, of Mechanicsville, were ejected from their vehicle.

Brian Harding and Christopher Goldsmith were pronounced deceased on the scene. Carrie Eubanks and a juvenile passenger were transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two other juvenile occupants were flown to Children’s Hospital Center with non-life threatening injuries.

At this time speed and alcohol are believed to be contributing factors. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or any events leading up to the collision is asked to call Corporal Brandon Foor #235 at 301-475-4200 ext 2265.

10/8/2017: On Sunday, October 8, 2017, at approximately 9:10 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident on Three Notch Road, in the area of  Murphy Lane and Friendship School Road, in Mechanicsville.

Two vehicles were involved. One adult and one pediatric were flown by helicopter to an area trauma center for treatment.

Two fatalities have been confirmed.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation.

We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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19 Responses to Speed & Alcohol Blamed in Double Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in Mechanicsville

  1. Andrew Mortimer on October 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I wish these drunks would off themselves before they got into their cars and drove off. I have to worry about drunks and distracted drivers crossing the centerline now!

  2. Anonymous on October 9, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Speeding, passing, bad tires and no self belts what could go wrong.

  3. Jeff Wagner on October 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    And now we have an innocent woman and her children injured all because of an idiot drunk driver

  4. Anonymous on October 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Prayers to everyone involved! The innocent family that was involved due to bad decisions..and the families that lost their lived ones due to bad decisions!

    • werwe on October 10, 2017 at 9:31 am

      At least their injuries are not life threatening or worse like it has been in many case.

      • usernametaken on October 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

        Perhaps not physically “life threatening”, but I cannot imagine how hard it is to deal with experiencing, and witnessing such a horrific accident. Prayers for all of the families involved.

  5. Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Another reason people charged with DWI should also be charged with reckless endangerment, criminal indifference, and even attempted involuntary manslaughter in extreme cases. DWI is a selfish crime. Get a cab or Uber to take you home or you can end up like these two and the innocent woman and 3 children that now have to live with injuries and what they were forced to witness that night through no fault of their own.

    • Bob Lob Law on October 10, 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Good luck with that.

  6. Shaniqua Briggs on October 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Their parents must be proud. They should’ve amounted to something.

    • sharon on October 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      wow, no need for the ignorant comment their family is suffering enough. Didn’t your parents teach you if you don’t have any thing nice to say don’t say it!

      • Bob Lob Law on October 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Freedom of speech includes things you may not like. Deal with it.

      • Shaniqua Briggs on October 11, 2017 at 11:11 am

        Sharon, choices were made, consequences were dealt out. And why did you call their family an ignorant comment. I am not suffering, but thank you. Or is your grammar amiss? Please post intelligently, not out of irrational emotion or a 3rd grade education.

  7. sharon on October 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    yall god forbid that happen to your family, keep your nasty comment to your self!

    • Shaniqua Briggs on October 11, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Who is “yall god”? Is that an Old Testament idol? Complete sentences, proper punctuation and spelling will keep you from appearing like a fool. As for now, please return to fourth grade, and work hard for the next years, thereafter. You can do it!

  8. sharon on October 10, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    yall god forbid that happen to your family, keep your nasty comment to your self!

    • Shaniqua Briggs on October 11, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Yes, Sharon, if you repeat a post, then please read my reply above. It is still the same. Your second post had no corrections, so you must still be lacking in education. I have faith in you. You can do this. I hope you at least get your GED. You need it to be remotely successful as an adult. Blessings, child!

  9. Imjustsaying on October 10, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    You can’t blame the parents or the family, if they make the decision to get into the car and drive. How do you think they feel losing a child? Everyone is so quick to blame the family. It’s now always the family. If you don’t know them, then you can’t judge them.

  10. Anonymous on October 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Well, let us thank God that the woman and her children did not sustain life-threatening injuries. And it is pointless to speak ill of the dead. They made very poor decisions which cost them their lives, no need for us to bash the dead. because none of us know how our end is gonna come. We could live our lives perfectly, obey all laws, go to church on Sundays, feed and clothe the homeless, and still die a horrible death. Death does not respect anyone. Goodnight folks, they are both waiting for us on the other side.

  11. Anonymous on October 12, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Good riddance to bad drunk rubbish. Two more drunks off the highway.