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Beloved Justice On The Texas State Appeals Court Loses His Life In A Wrong-Way Crash

A motorist who was driving under the influence of alcohol is being blamed for a deadly head-on crash that killed a 5th District Court of Appeals Justice.

CBS in Dallas reported that David Bridges Hall, who served as a justice on the Texas State Appeals Court, was killed by a wrong-way driver who is suspected of having been under the influence when the crash happened.

According to a statement issued by the Royce Police Department, the crash occurred along Interstate 30 on Saturday, July 25th, at approximately 9:30 p.m. in Royce City. A woman was heading eastbound in the westbound lanes of the highway when her vehicle collided head-on with two westbound vehicles. Justice Hall was driving one of the cars that were involved  in the crash.   Justice Hall’s vehicle caught fire after the crash.  Emergency crews responding to the accident declared  Justice Hall dead at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured in the crash.

Police have arrested 32-year-old Megan E. Smith on intoxication manslaughter and suspicion of DUI. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hall was the longest-serving Justice in Texas’ 5th District Court of Appeals.  He was elected to the court in 1996 and served some 25 years before his death.  Justice Hall served in the U.S. Army from 1973 until 1974, attended the University of Texas, and studied at the Texas Tech School of Law.

Many within the Texas courts regarded Justice Hall as being  a fair justice who adhered to the highest standards within the law.   He was said to have been one of several contenders to fill the recently vacated position of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters. We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to Hall’s family and friends.

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