Must get attorney

The woman accused of being the driver in a wrong-way crash that claimed the life of a state appeals court judge from Rockwall remains in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center and has been ordered to obtain her own attorney.

The woman accused of being the driver in a wrong-way crash that claimed the life of a state appeals court judge from Rockwall remains in custody at the Hunt County Detention Center and has been ordered to obtain her own attorney.

Meanwhile, flags were lowered at half staff at courthouses across North Texas in honor of Fifth District Court of Appeals Justice David Bridges, who was killed in the three-vehicle crash on Interstate 30 on the night of July 25.

Megan E. Smith, 32, of Royse City was believed to have been intoxicated when she drove the wrong way and caused the wreck in Royse City.

Smith remained in custody in the Hunt County Detention Center as of press time Tuesday, being held in lieu $150,000 bond as on the charge, a second-degree felony, punishable upon conviction by a maximum sentence of two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000.

Smith was also being held on two additional charges filed by the Royse City Police Department; one count of possession of a controlled substance Penalty Group 1A, in an amount of less than 20 actual units, with a $10,000 bond, and one count of possession of marijuana less than two ounces, which carried a $750 bond.

Smith had filed a writ of habeas corpus with the 196th District Court in seeking the appointment of a defense counsel and/or a reduction in bond on the manslaughter and possession of controlled substance charges.

During a July 29 hearing, Judge Andrew Bench instructed Smith to find her own attorney and reset the writ hearing for Aug. 10.

Flags in front of the Hunt County Courthouse remained at half staff Monday afternoon. Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the county judges in each of the counties under the jurisdiction of the Fifth District Court of Appeals to lower the flags Aug. 1 in Bridges’ honor.

The Royse City Police Department indicated the wreck occurred at around 9:30 p.m. July 25 on westbound Interstate 30 near FM 2642. Smith was reported to be driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the interstate and struck two vehicles, one of which was driven by Bridges. Bridges’ vehicle caught fire and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured.

Smith was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

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