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.

Christopher Kidwell November 14, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Dennis, revenge won't make the dead kid magically come back to life. Our system of justice is supposed to be about rehabilitation, not punishment. Eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind and all that.
Justin November 15, 2012 at 02:33 AM
@Chris be careful when you refer to the loved one lost as "the dead kid", revenge is not the answer, but have some respect for my brother and my family when referring to him. Josh is not some dead kid, he was and still is a wonderful person who was taken prematurely by a kid who deserves ever consequence coming his way in both this life and the next. Jordan will one day stand before his Creator and will give an account to why he took the life of one of God's precious creations. Choose your words more wisely, one day you may lose someone close and you'd expect the same courtesy.
Christopher Kidwell November 15, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I have respect..... the dead kid is just the proper term without having too much respect. Let us face facts: In the world today, we have numerous people killed in accident not involving alcohol, both children and adults. What makes your pain anymore valid than those people's pain? It seems to me that we have gone too far down the road towards punitive instead of rehabilitation, which is what our criminal JUSTICE (key term there) system is supposed to be about. If you want punishment instead of justice and rehabiliation, it's time to start calling our system the criminal punishment system. You also have to realize that murderers without vehicles only get 5 to 10 years in prison most times, save if they can prove the action is premeditated. Oh, and by the way: I have lost people close to me. A young female friend when I was 6, a boy in my school who I was friends with when I was 11, etc. It still doesn't mean that I am not going to call them what they were: My dead friend and I wouldn't get 'offended' if someone who wasn't close to them called them what they were: dead kids.
Justin November 15, 2012 at 03:05 AM
No, my friend you do not have respect. Justice is not rehabilitation, Jordan can go through private rehabilitation paid for by his family. The justice system executes justice in the form of incarceration, removing his rights for a determined amount of time. Sorry for your few losses....try losing a father and a brother....the loss is a little different then a friend. And get your facts correct...Jordan Stewart was not drinking, he was high on heroine, a vastly different situation. How about you pay for Jordan's rehabilitation, let him live with you, go through withdraw, steal your money, relapse and kill another person. If you had any idea how an addict functioned you would know rehabilitation only works if the addict wants to change, Jordan Stewart does not want to change. If he wanted to change he and his family would have reached out to my family. They never did.
Christopher Kidwell November 15, 2012 at 03:13 AM
That is your personal opinion, Justin. We are just going to have to agree to disagree on this subject. I am more for the criminal JUSTICE system being about rehabilitation of those people put into it so that they will not commit their crimes again and giving them the means to not have to commit those crimes again (in the case of robbers, thieves, etc.). You are apparently more about the criminal PUNISHMENT system being about beating on people for committing their crimes and getting your 'pound of flesh' out of them. Just going to have to agree to disagree on that point. Anyway, there is a simple answer to the problem of alcohol based driving while drunk: Remove the alcohol from all alcohol beverages. There are known means to do this, yet they are not used? Why? Only reason I can think of is that it would not be 'profitable' to do so. Apparently, lives < dollars in the real world.
Justin November 15, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Man you really do not pay attention. Its not an issue of punishment. Jordan Steward broke the law, his actions resulted in the death of another person. His actions were completely his own, he must face the consequences, and in our society of law, the consequence is incarceration. Once again rehabilitation does not work. It is a personal choice to change, not something conferred on you by the state. I guess the state could try rehabilitation, pass people through a program, pat themselves on the back for a job well done, but in the end the criminal will go break the law again. I'm wasting my breath because you've proven to be rather dense, considering you are still referencing alcohol, when alcohol WAS NOT involved.
Bernadette November 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Cbristopber, let me ask you to re read all th post on here. I never once said an eye for an.eye. I never once mentioned revenge. I simply felt that the post mike posted sounded like both families are at a equal loss and that's not a fair statement. As for our legal system, i am sorry to say that i have little faith in it. Why didn't our legal system have Jordan Stewart off the road in the first place , then maybe all these psst wouldn't be here now. As for the dead kid he was my friend he has a name it is Josh hanna, he was a son a brother a grandchild cousins and he had many friends that all the rehab and legal system in the world can never fix by bringing josh back. So as i stated in my fist post i hope that jordan stewart gets the book thrown at him. Oh and Christopher please refer to my friend that was taken away from us by a repeat offender by his name Josh Hanna and keep. It respetful for his family .
Dennis Leager November 15, 2012 at 03:54 AM
The last post by Bernadette was me Dennis computer wouldn't le me log in
N. November 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Carol, I have to disagree with your opinion. Many people are introduced to drugs and alcohol, but those forces are not evil but indifferent to the morality of man. Responsibility is on the individual to who chooses what to do with these experiences. Although, certainly there is also the responsibility of the community to not ban these things (as it only creates a greater want for people to search these substances out), but to educate the populous on the danger of abuse and reckless behavior.
N. November 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
People may change in this life. You are correct about choice. The problem with rehabilitation as ordained by the state is that it is pointless without the full cooperation and WILL of the individual. Still, I agree with Christopher that Criminal Punishment for Jordan Steward only punishes the taxpayer and will most likely create a career criminal. But people may change. This could be a catalyst in transforming Jordan Steward into a person who could benefit the world in the future or at least teach others about the dangers of reckless behavior and addiction. I think the idea Mr. Steward being brought in front of the almighty and punished is sadistic thinking. Would it be gratifying to see a man flayed alive for all eternity for something he still doesn't comprehend? It is a terrible situation. The only thing to do is to teach our children about the dangers of reckless drug use and reckless driving, and pass on the good experiences with Joshua Hanna and the fine example he set for others.
franking November 16, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Revenge and punishment are not synonymous. They are two different things. Our justice system should be about punishment and rehabilitation. I hope the Hanna family finds some peace.
Christopher Kidwell November 16, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Actually, considering that most people in our 'justice' system are in there for putting what they want into their own bodies or selling something that gives some 'competititon' to the big drug companies? I'm thinking it should focus solely on rehabilitation and taking people out of society who are currently dangerous in and of themselves. You know: murderers, forcible rapists, people who assault others, etc. Most all other crimes could be dealt with by severe fines. Now, you could say that this was a case of murder, but there is a reason why we call it 'manslaughter': no malice involved = thought less of a crime than a regular murder. I hope the family finds some peace as well. But I know from speaking with people who have been so "GET THE MAN/WOMAN WHO KILLED OUR CHILD/BROTHER/WHATEVER!" that revenge (long prison sentences) doesn't bring any of that.
Dawn November 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I am glad that this guy I now behind bars. All I am reading is that this guy is not responsible for his actions because he is an addict, yes the drug did get a hold of him but he is the one in the beginning that CHOSE to do heroine and we have all been taught how addicting of a drug it is. But as I said he made that choice, a conscious decision. Josh was the true victim here. Lets not forget that. He was just heading down the road, like many of is do as do our children. I am sad for this guys friends and family that will lose him. But only the ones that had tried to get him help. Not the ones that stuck their heads on the sand and armed him with a vehicle. I do wish Josh's family peace, and ppl please stop attacking his brother. No one knows how he feels.
user one November 27, 2012 at 04:29 PM
It's easy to criticize the past. Everyone in here is missing the point, many things could have been done to prevent this incident. I'm sure both parties have broken the law at some point and to sit here and say that one party has never broken the law is a bit ridiculous. This is a horrible event and just a reminder to EVERYONE to be considerate of others and try to be the best person they can be.
user one November 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Didn't Josh also have an illegal substance in his system at the time of the accident? The point is we all need to learn from this. Drugs are a stupid waste of life and money.
user one November 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Jordan was in rehab at one time, his parents did what they could, granted, it could have been more. Jordan sitting in jail only contributes to our nation's debt, (about $70k annually?), it would be a much better turn of events if he had heavy fines and could use the rest of his life to preventing these events in anyway he could. The family of the lost son should team up with him and show everyone (mostly highschoolers) the dangers of these drugs and driving under the influence. The family would rather just lay blame which is the easy way out. The hard thing to do, which is also the most beneficial would be to help everyone around us LEARN FROM THIS. I am also wondering why if the police report a year ago said that Jordan crossed the line, he wasn't arrested on the spot? That is grounds enough for negligent driving, the truth is at the time of the accident it wasn't proved who crossed the line first and it appeared as if they both did. Another example of how evil drugs are, the man who survived with drugs in his system gets all the blame simply because it was in his system. All the people reading this need to consider everything they put into their system and the effects it could have on other and their future.
Justin November 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Before I address the gross incompetence of your posts User One, I want to know where you got your information? NO ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES were found in Josh's system! I have been civil in my previous posts, but this crosses the line, you have no idea what you are talking about, nor do you seem to care to have your facts correct. IF Mr. Stewart was so heartbroken and grieved by his actions, he and his family would have reached out to my family.
Justin November 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN ARTICULATE THIS ANY CLEARER FOR ANYONE WHO CARES TO READ: but my family lost a loved one, a person died. Are you so desensitzied that the lose of life is so flippently overlooked that you would suggest my family "team up" with the Stewarts like its some sort of boy scout project. BLAME!? Your going to accuse my family of wanting only to lie blame? My family wants their son, brother, grandson back.
Justin November 29, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Yes we are laying blame on Stewart, he crossed the line, he was intoxicated, he had drugs on him. He chose to turn his truck into a weapon. How about going a step further and saying people should take responsiblity for their actions. The police report is public record, it would benefit anyone who feels the need to speak an opinion to read the report. And to be perfectly honest, I could care a less about anyone's opinions concerning the accident or Jordan Stewart. I just know how much this event has crushed my mother. I have seen how she was once a strong outgoing individual, but now is withdrawn and chronically depressed. So posts your comments of righteous indignation calling for both parties to come together and sing kumbaya, but the reality remains the same, an innocent life was lost and justice must be executed.
user one1 November 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
I understand that life was lost, this is a terrible thing, in an unnatural way such as this. But there is nothing that can be done now to bring him back, sadly. So all we can do is learn from this as I've been trying to say. You also mention that the Stewart's have not reached out, which is a bit disturbing, but has your family reached out to them? And I'm positive that nobody knows the absolute truth of the incident but regardless, Jordan shouldn't have been behind the wheel of a car. I am also wondering if heroin was in his system or if he was actually high at the time of the incident. I just hope anyone who reads this sees how horribly dangerous heroin is. I offer my sincerest condolences to you and you re-cooperating family, this isn't my place to speak but you and your devastated family should try to celebrate his life and the time you spent with him instead of obsessing over the unfortunate, too-soon, ending of it. I wish you and your family the best.
Phil Dirt November 29, 2012 at 05:58 PM
So once again we see a number of people who wish to excuse the user and blame the victim (including making up 'facts'). I suppose they, given their probable lifestyle choices, are trying to positioning the argument in case they are involved in a similar future accident. How pathetic. Rehabilitation and punishment are not mutually exclusive. If found guilty, lock this killer up and treat his addiction behind bars.
user one1 November 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
That is rather pathetic of yourself, Mike, to assume such things about me. Especially when you use pathetic grammar such as that to insult an intellectual such as myself. Putting him in jail and government rehab simply costs me ( the US taxpayer ) more money. I am in strong favor of the death penalty, if someone willingly takes another's life, then in turn they should be able to have their life taken. If this law was in place, much less killings would take place. Here, we have manslaughter, this is an UNINTENTIONAL killing and ,as stated above, should be dealt with by heavy fines or other punishments, having this idiot rot in a cell does nothing, he probably won't even learn his lesson. There should be a system set up that would make him dedicate his life to preventing this in the future. P.S. Phil Scumbag, " I suppose they, given their probable lifestyle choices, are trying to positioning the argument in case they are involved in a similar future accident." - that's pretty sick that your mind works like that. I on the other hand consider others and never do anything that could result in anything related to this and the fact that you would claim such a thing about an unknown person on the internet is so sad. I'm sure you miss your friend but lashing out on the internet does nobody anything.
Phil Dirt November 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM
user one1: 1. "an intellectual such as myself"? Hahaha! 2. "Phil Scumbag"? Namecalling is the last resort for those with a weak argument, and only one of us accused Josh of having "an illegal substance in his system at the time of the accident" (Hint: it wasn't me), so who is the scumbag? 3. "I'm sure you miss your friend but..." I never had the pleasure of meeting Josh, but I wish I had.
Kristy Walcutt December 10, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Joshua Hanna was GOD's Creation. Justin, I apologize for all of these insulting, degrading comments that you have endured from such idiots! Pay NO attention to them, do not even answer them. There is no good that comes from earthly uglies. You were raised in a family with morals and values that they may never know. I am honored to know your mom and grandmom, they are wonderful loving people. Know in your heart just how much they love you both and always will, no matter what! These other people mean nothing. I know your family's pain, I've lost a brother, a sister and a father. My mom has endured the same kind of grief, as do you and I. The Stewart family owes you all an apology at least, but if they are not God's people you may never get one. I'm very sorry for that, I truly am. As far as the "Justice system" that is run by men too, not to worry, God's vengence will have it's wrath, I promise. You owe no one, except your family. Hold onto mom and grandmom, they will never steer you wrong, their love is too deep! Trust God, trust me, when I say "You are God's child too and He wants the best for all of you." "The world" doesn't even know what real love is, or respect or things that really matter, but you do.
Kristy Walcutt December 10, 2012 at 05:47 AM
I would want to stand up for my brother in this situation too, but honestly, they are all a bunch of morons to even begin posting like they are. Simply honor your brother always by being the best man you can be and you are a good man too! No matter what the outcome is, you and Josh have the greatest gift that God could ever give you...true family love. May He bless you every day of your lives. With much love and respect, Kristy
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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