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According to October data from Maryland State Police, Carroll County has had 16 traffic fatalities in 2012.

Since October, the number has risen even higher, with two November crashes and a December crash, each of which left one dead. There have been more fatalities in 2012 than in 2011, according to data from the National Highway State Traffic Administration. In 2011 there were 13 fatalities from traffic incidents, a drop compared to 18 in 2010.

According to the data, 2007 and 2008 were both especially dangerous years for Carroll County traffic fatalities, with 21 deaths in each year.

National preliminary data from NHSTA points to a 9 percent increase in traffic related fatalities from January to June in 2012 compared to 2011. In the first six months of 2012, 16,290 people died due to traffic related crashes - in 2011, six month reports were 14,950.

Some of the Carroll crashes have resulted in charges.

In November, a Highland man was indicted on negligent homicide charges following a June car crash in Westminster, after the death of a Pikesville man.

Michael Allen Smith, 55, of the 13000 block of Highland Road in Highland is charged with 16 counts, including negligent manslaughter and homicide, assault and other related charges. June 23, the vehicle Smith was driving collided with another car on Md. 97 near Hook Road, according to charging documents. Court documents state Smith was impaired by alcohol when the crash occurred and was driving 86 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. There was also a deadly airplane crash in Carroll in 2012.

On June 15, a Rockville pilot, Henry Judkins, was one mile away from the Carroll County Regional Airport when he reported mechanical issues. He was ejected about 40 feet from the plane onto a grassy area approximately 40 feet from the runway, according to Maryland State Police.

Ten plane crashes have occurred at the Carroll County Regional Airport in Westminster since 1982. The June 15 incident was the first fatal crash at the site since 1982, according to records from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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