One Killed in Crash With 18-Wheeler Cab

Driver of truck cab was fleeing officers, police say

By Scott Gordon
|  Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 12:51 PM CDT
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One Killed in Crash With 18-Wheeler Cab

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Editor's Note: At the time of the accident May 25, 2012, police had identified the driver as James Dale Morgan, upon further investigation, police found the man was using a stolen ID, his real name is James Craig Layland. In January 2013, Layland pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

A woman was killed Friday in a bizarre accident in west Fort Worth when her vehicle was struck by the driver of an 18-wheeler cab who was fleeing police.

Ming Bixler, 58, of Haltom City, died when her mini-van was T-boned by the truck as it drove out of an alley onto Hulen Street near Calmont Avenue, police said.

Two others in the van were injured, including one critically.

The incident started a short time earlier in the 5200 block of Birchman when an officer attempted to stop a man suspected of spending a counterfeit $100 bill at a grocery store, police said.

As the officer tried to question the man, he got into the cab of a semi. The officer jumped on the running board and tried to stop him, but the officer was thrown from the vehicle when the man sped off and hit another car, police said.

A short time later, police received a report of the other accident about five blocks away.

James Craig Layland, 60, was arrested on a charge of intoxication manslaughter, two counts of intoxication assault, and aggravated assault on a public servant.

He was captured after he ran from the scene and officers found him hiding in a nearby garage.

Layland also was taken to the hospital for injuries he sustained in the crash. His condition was not immediately available Saturday.

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