A Maryland man has been charged with vehicular homicide after state police said he failed to stop at a dangerous intersection on the Garrett Shortcut before a fatal wreck two years ago.

Gregory Allen Smith, 46, of Flintstone, Md., was released on his own recognizance after being arraigned Thursday before District Judge Douglas McCall Bell of Meyersdale.

Smith also is charged with involuntary manslaughter, four counts of reckless endangerment and summary traffic violations.

Linda Houck, 56, of Meyersdale died from severe internal injuries four hours after the crash on April 22, 2005.

Authorities said Smith failed to stop at a clearly posted stop sign at the intersection of East Mud Pike and Garrett Shortcut in Brothersvalley Township.

His PT Cruiser collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Ryan Houck, then 20, of Meyersdale.

Smith’s car careered about 75 feet before leaving the road and crossing a ditch. Houck’s truck traveled about 35 feet before hitting a utility pole, police said at the time.

Ryan Houck and two other passengers in the truck, Justin Houck, then 16, and Donald Houck Sr., then 58, were treated at Memorial Medical Center. A passenger in Smith’s car, Tracy Minnick, then 35, of Rawlings, Md., also sustained injuries.

A preliminary hearing tentatively has been scheduled for Thursday, though it likely will be continued.

Winding Garrett Shortcut, the quickest main road between Somerset and Meyersdale, has been the scene of numerous fatal crashes through the years, particularly on harsh winter days or in thick fog.

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