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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Deputy Christopher Taylor Settles

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Involving Deputy Christopher Taylor Settles

The parents of a Charlotte County deputy killed in a crash and a driver convicted of drunken driving manslaughter in his death have reached a settlement in a civil lawsuit.

Court records indicate that Cassandra Smith, 31, and the parents of Charlotte County Deputy Christopher Taylor, 23, reached a settlement on April 16. Christopher Taylor’s father, Richard Taylor, filed the lawsuit on April 10, 2023, in circuit court.

The settlement doesn’t indicate the quantity each parties have agreed to.

The Taylors, represented by Carlos Cavenago III, demanded a jury trial and greater than $50,000 in damages, in keeping with the criticism.

The criticism lists Christopher Taylor’s parents, Richard Taylor and Karen Taylor, because the beneficiaries. Richard Taylor is from Naples, while Karen Taylor lives in Cape Coral.

Sentenced to 29 years: Calling deputy’s death aftermath ‘inescapable torture,’ drunken driver to serve 29 years

In February, Smith was sentenced to 29 years in prison, followed by one 12 months of probation for the fatal crash. She received 15 years for one count of vehicular homicide, followed by 14 years for one count of DUI manslaughter.

A Charlotte County jury in December convicted Smith of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and two counts of DUI with damage to property or one other person.

Richard Taylor referred to his son as “Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office badge 3624,” while giving a victim’s impact statement through the sentencing hearing.

“I walked within the room and Chris is laying here,” Richard Taylor said, brushing tears off his face. “His eyes are open they usually’re open weird. And I said, ‘Chris, rise up. Christopher, rise up. There’s people to assist.”

Richard Taylor recalled when he touched his son’s face it was ice-cold. He said three Collier County deputies knocked on the door of his Collier County home the night of the crash and that he fell to the bottom.

Cassandra Smith addressed the courtroom during her sentencing, saying she wasn’t herself that night and that she didn’t recognize the girl in authorities’ footage as herself.

“I’d do literally anything to return to the night of Nov. 22, 2022, to bring Christopher back to the arms of his family members,” Cassandra Smith said.


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