MONROE — This week a Union County jury found a man guilty in the death of a woman who was thrown from his SUV after he lost control while doing a burnout and a donut.
Tuesday the jury found Bucky Scott Smith, 42, guilty of second degree Murder, felony death by vehicle, and driving while license revoked. He was sentenced to prison for 309-383 months, or 25-32 years, according to a social media post Wednesday by the Union County District Attorney’s Office.
Evidence presented at the trial showed in the early morning hours of March 19, 2018, Smith did a burnout and donut in the intersection of Austin Chaney and Olive Branch roads before losing control of his Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep ultimately overturned, causing his passenger, Crissy Jean Smith, to be partially ejected from the SUV.. She died from her injuries roadside as Bucky Scott Smith was belligerent and uncooperative with first responders, the post stated.
An investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol showed that at the time of the wreck, the defendant had a blood alcohol concentration of at least .20, more than two and one half times the legal limit, and active cocaine in his system, according to evidence presented at the trial.
The jury also had the opportunity to view the Jeep involved in the wreck.
The case was prosecuted on behalf of the Union County District Attorney’s Office by DA Meagan Simpson, traffic assistant district attorney (ADA) and Mary Beth Usher, homicide ADA. In the Facebook post, District Attorney Trey Robison commended Simpson’s and Usher’s hard work along with the dedication and expertise of the N.C Highway Patrol in securing this conviction.