Justice David L. Bridges Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on Interstate 30 in Royse CityKiprop Vincent
Justice David L. Bridges Killed in Royse City Three-Vehicle Crash on Interstate 30 near FM 2642
Royse City, Texas (July 26, 2020) – A Texas 5th Court of Appeals justice was killed Saturday night in a wrong-way crash in Royse City, according to police.
The fatal crash happened at about 9:30 p.m., July 25, on Interstate 30 near FM 2642.
Police said Megan E. Smith, 32, of Royse City, was driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the interstate when she struck two vehicles.
One of the vehicles caught fire after the crash.
Justice David L. Bridges of Rockwall was in the vehicle that caught fire and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Smith was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries. She is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge and will be booked into the Hunt County Jail after she is released from the hospital.
The other driver was uninjured in the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.
We pass our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Justice David L. Bridges.
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