Considering that there were already 23 deaths in the previous eight months and two weeks – matching the total for all of 2011, the sudden respite might have been taken as a good omen. In fact, there were no highway deaths recorded in the county in October, and there hadn't been a fatality-free month in years.
Perhaps all the attendant publicity surrounding many of the earlier deaths was finally taking hold in the public conscious; perhaps law enforcement officials' mantra for drivers to slow down and pay better attention was having the desired effect.
The evening of Nov. 17 shattered any such illusions, however, when a smallish car, said to be favored by contemporary street racers, went out of control on a treacherous stretch of Route 624 near Broad Creek in the Street area. The 2008 Mazda3 went airborne and smashed into a tree. Maryland State Police who arrived at the scene said the impact severed the car in two and sent half of it into a ravine.