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Southeastern Massachusetts woman officially charged after being held without bond in death of Sheriff Deputy



Photo courtesy of Charlotte County Sherrif's Office

Charges were officially filed Monday for a southeastern Massachusetts woman held without bond after a fatal crash that killed a 23-year-old Sheriff Deputy.

Late last month, Deputy Christopher Taylor was fatally struck by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop on I-75 near mile marker 163 in Punta Gorda, Florida. Life-saving measures were given on the scene by Good Samaritans and later by Taylor’s brothers and sisters in green. Deputy Taylor was trauma transported to Punta Gorda ShorePoint Health and regrettably succumbed to his injuries.

The driver, identified as 30-year-old Cassandra Smith, of Lakeville, called 911 after losing control of her Jeep and veering across three lanes into the shoulder striking the deputy’s patrol vehicle which in turn hit the deputy. Smith was taken into custody by Florida Highway Patrol and transported to the Charlotte County Jail on charges of DUI Manslaughter.

According to WINK News, Smith was held without bond as the judge stated she was a danger to society. It is her second DUI arrest after just finishing 12 months of probation. Smith is facing DUI – manslaughter, vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI – damage to person/property, and refusal to submit to testing.

Deputy Taylor joined the agency in August of 2021 and was officially sworn in on February 14. He is survived by his parents and fiancé. “In his little less than a year of service to Charlotte County, Chris exemplified the core values of the CCSO; Integrity, Professionalism, and Trust. Chris just celebrated his 23rd birthday on Saturday. Losing a deputy is unspeakably difficult for the agency, but the passing of such a promising and kind young man is a tremendous loss for the world,” shared Sheriff Bill Prummell.

Smith’s arraignment is scheduled for January 3.

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  1. Fed Up

    December 13, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Looks very remorseful for all of the death & destruction she’s caused.

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