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Two killed in Oxford head-on collision

Posted November 4, 2011

— Two women were killed in a collision Thursday in Granville County on U.S. Highway 15.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Maria Dann, 50, was leaving Stovall-Shaw Elementary School in Oxford shortly before lunchtime when Valerie Corsaro, 35, crossed over the center line and hit Dann head-on.

Speed was not a factor in the crash, investigators said, and they are unsure why Corsaro might have crossed the line.

Corsaro was a health unit coordinator at Duke University Hospital who loved animals, her husband said.

Dann had spent two years working for Granville County Schools as a curriculum coach working on a literacy program. She had just left the school where she had been reading to students.

Granville County Schools spokesman Stan Winborne said that grief counselors were on hand Friday at three schools where Dann worked.

"There are a lot of people who are having a difficult time coping with it," he said. "She was a wonderful person – positive, always had a smile on her face."

Family members said Dann also had taught second grade at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh for 12 years and had devoted her life to children. She and her husband married in June.


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  • raleighmomof2 Nov 4, 2011

    Maria Woodson Dann was my daughter's 2nd grade teacher at Ravenscroft several years ago. What a warm and loving teacher and person she was. My daughter will be devastated to hear of this. What a tragic loss.

  • Godschild43 Nov 4, 2011

    This is sad.Prayers going out for both family's.

  • VT1994Hokie Nov 4, 2011

    This is so sad. My heart goes out to both families. They were young and had great careers. God Bless all of their loved ones!

  • UPTOP Nov 4, 2011

    This shows just how important it is to love ppl while they're here! they won't be able to hear you say I love you once they're gone !

  • Legally Here Nov 4, 2011

    very sad

  • 007KnightRider Nov 4, 2011

    So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

  • Buck Farack Nov 4, 2011

    Doing something so simple, so routine, so harmless...and you end up dead.
    How do you plan for that??

  • miyata Nov 4, 2011

    Awww....how terrible for both families. Prayers for all the people who knew nad loved these two ladies.

  • Just Once Nov 4, 2011

    So sad. Prayers for the family.