Breaking: East Texas Judge allegedly killed by drunk driver

  • Justice David L. Bridges/ Courtesy Fifth Court of Appeals
    Justice David L. Bridges/ Courtesy Fifth Court of Appeals

A local judge has been killed in an intoxicated driving incident, according to a release from the Hunt County Sheriff's Office. 

Justice David L. Bridges, R-Upshur County, was allegedly killed in a collision on Interstate 30 in Royse City on the evening of Saturday, July 25, according to a release. 

Megan E. Smith, 32, of Royse City was booked into Hunt County detention on July 26 on charges of intoxication manslaughter with vehicle, according to Hunt County Sheriff's Office Records. Bond has not been set at this time. 

Justice Bridges presided over the Fifth District Court of Appeals. According to his official Texas Judicial Branch biography, Bridges has served the post since 1996.

He previously served as Assistant District Attorney in Smith County and as the Assistant District Attorney in Upshur County. He served in the US Army from 1973 to 1974, and attended the University of Texas at Tyler.