Woman, 21, killed in crash caused by suspected drunk driver


ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - A young Canadian woman living in North Texas was killed in a crash in Arlington, and police say a drunk driver is to blame.

The crash happened on westbound I-20 between Collins and Matlock shortly before 2:30 Friday morning.

"We had a driver swerving in those lanes and making contact with a big 18-wheeler," says Tim Ciesco, spokesman for the Arlington Police Department. "The driver of the 18-wheeler tried to do some kind of evasive maneuver and ended up jackknifing the truck across all the westbound lanes of I-20.

"A driver coming up behind them was unable to get out of the way and ran right into the jackknifed 18-wheeler," Ciesco continued. "The driver of that vehicle ... subsequently was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office idfentified the victim as Samantha Skaggs, 21, of Stettler, Alberta, Canada.

According to her Facebook page, Skaggs graduated from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary.

She had worked at the BJ's Resataurant and Brewhouse in south Arlington, which is located adjacent to the crash site.

The restaurant's general manager tells KRLD Skaggs had family in North Texas.

The driver that caused the initial crash is Michael Bailey, 38, of Arlington.

"He had been drinking and driving," says Ciesco, "and so he was arrested and has been charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter."

Ciesco says the crash should never have happened.

"We never want to see any type of crashes as a result of somebody making the poor decision to drink and drive," Ciesco says; "and in this crash, unfortunately, somebody died as a result of that."

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