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Woman charged in crash that killed Charlotte County deputy denied bond

Posted at 6:58 AM, Jan 06, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-06 14:06:16-05

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The woman charged with killing a Charlotte County deputy in a crash on I-75 was denied bond in a court hearing today.

Prosecutors say Cassandra Smith was driving drunk when she crashed into deputy Christopher Taylor, killing him on November 22, 2022. He was 23-years old.

Investigators said Taylor had pulled over another vehicle during a traffic stop on I-75 when he was killed.

Court documents showed Smith would ask to be released on bond.

In a document filed last year, Smith’s attorney said that if the judge granted her bond Smith, “will attend all future court appearances and is willing to accept any additional bond conditions the court would impose."

In a separate court filing, the state attorney pointed out that Smith has prior arrests for DUI and the evidence in this case is strong.

Smith is facing two DUI charges and one count of vehicular homicide.