December 3, 2020

Man charged in October crash that claimed life of bride-to-be

(Columbus, GA) — A Columbus man was charged with DUI and vehicular homicide among other charges this week stemming from an October car crash that killed a LaGrange woman one week before her wedding.

20-year-old Deondre Hubbard is being charged with DUI, vehicular homicide and other traffic-related charges in the death of 24-year-old Meghann Smith, of LaGrange.

Deondre Latrell Hubbard (Photo: Muscogee County Jail)

Deondre Hubbard (Photo: Muscogee County Jail)

Hubbard appeared in court and was given a total bond of $32,200. His case was bound over to superior court.

Smith was killed in a three-car crash on I-185 northbound just south of the J.R. Allen Parkway exit on October 16, 2016.

According to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court, Hubbard had a blood alcohol content level of .126 following the incident. He is pleading not guilty on all charges.

Reports from several Columbus media outlets indicate Hubbard was traveling northbound on I-185 while a Kia Soul was still disabled in the roadway following another crash just minutes before involving a southbound vehicle.

Smith was a passenger in the Kia Soul and was pronounced dead at the scene. Smith was traveling with three other friends including Emily Thompson of Franklin after celebrating her impending nuptials planned for just one week later. She was buried just a day before her scheduled wedding.

Smith was a teacher at Ethel W. Kight Elementary school in Troup County.

A total of six people were injured in the crash involving the three vehicles including a woman standing nearby that was struck by debris from the second crash.

Stay tuned to for further information as it becomes available.



  1. Debbie Daniel says

    I heard he may be appearing in court tomorrow 2/9/17 and the other driver may have been located Monday 2/6/17. Family member. Thank you.

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