The Dallas Morning News

Woman dies in pileup

Police: Drunken driver started chain reaction by swerving into semi

- By KELLI SMITH Staff Writer Twitter: @Kellismith­news

A 21-year-old woman died early Friday in a pileup in Arlington that started when a drunken driver rammed his car into a semitraile­r, police said.

Authoritie­s were dispatched about 2:30 a.m. after reports of a major car crash in the 1100 block of Interstate 20, near Matlock Road and South Cooper Street. A car had swerved into a semitraile­r, causing it to jackknife across all westbound lanes of I-20, police said.

A second car then hit the truck. The driver of the second car, identified later Friday as Samantha Skaggs, was killed.

“I’m asking for everyone to please pray for me and my family as my sister Sam Skaggs lost her life early this morning to a drunk driver,” Andrew Aranda, her oldest brother, posted on Facebook. “I love you Sam.”

Aranda said in a text message that his sister was outgoing, adventurou­s and easy to get along with.

Skaggs was born in Fort Worth, Aranda said. She moved to Canada with foster parents for a time, then returned with her twin sister, Nicole, after high school.

“It’s been very hard,” Aranda said. “Having to have years away from them while they were doing school in Canada, and they just moved back to DFW just a few years ago just to have one of them taken away.”

Michael Bailey, 38, was identified as the driver of the car that swerved into the big rig. Officers performed roadside sobriety tests on him and determined he was drunk, Arlington police spokesman Tim Ciesco said. Bailey was booked into the Arlington jail on a charge of intoxicati­on manslaught­er with a vehicle, police said. His bail had not been set, and it was unclear whether he had an attorney.

“I want people to know that when you drink and drive, you’re putting innocent people in danger, and deaths like this can easily be avoided,” Aranda said. “Especially nowadays with companies like Uber, this should not be happening at all.”


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