Passenger Charged with Manslaughter in Fatal Crash


Law enforcement and emergency personnel at the scene of the crash. | Image by CBS DFW.

A second arrest has been made in connection with a fatal crash into a house in White Settlement last month. The September 7 crash killed a teen and injured her two parents, who were all inside the home.

Peggy Cox, 69, a passenger in the vehicle, was allegedly arrested on the charge of manslaughter for her role in the teen’s death, police announced.

The wreck happened just after 6:15 p.m., in the 9300 block of Jason Court, near the junction of I-30 and I-820.

A truck pulling a trailer was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed on Dale Lane when the driver lost control, crashed through a neighbor’s fence and trees, crossed the street, and crashed into the victims’ home, according to White Settlement Police Facebook page.

Donald Gruber, 63, was allegedly driving the truck when it crashed into the home, police said. He was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

Police said Cox was also impaired and helped contribute to the wreck by allegedly pulling the steering wheel just before impact.

The teen, identified as 18-year-old Katey Kirkland, was in her bedroom when the truck crashed into the home, killing her.        

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