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Ada Evening News

An Oklahoma City woman, allegedly under the influence of pain medicine when she caused a wreck leading to the deaths of two people, has pleaded no contest.

Hollie Rachel Bowyer, 28, entered into a blind plea Wednesday to two counts of first-degree manslaughter in Pontotoc County District Court.

The crash occurred in December 2007 on State Highway 3W near Oil Center.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Bowyer was driving a 1999 Mercury Cougar east when she crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven west by Frankie Harjo, 35, Ada.

During an interview with OHP, Harjo said when she saw Bowyer’s vehicle drive into the westbound lane she hit the brakes and swerved left towards the center line, but was unable to avoid Bowyer’s vehicle.

A passenger in Bowyer’s vehicle, 6-year-old Damian Lawrence of Midwest City, and a passenger in Frankie Harjo’s vehicle, Christie Harjo, 26, Ada, died at the scene.

Because the damage was so severe, firefighters were forced to remove the roofs from both vehicles to remove Bowyer and two passengers from Harjo’s vehicle, 14-year-old Hanna Harjo, and 9-week-old Nokosi Harjo.

Bowyer said she picked up Lawrence, her nephew, from school in Midwest City for a routine outing.

“Bowyer and Lawrence drove around the Oklahoma City area for a short time until Bowyer decided to travel to Ada,” a court affidavit said. “Bowyer didn’t remember driving to Ada, but remembered making the decision to travel to Ada at the spur of the moment.”

Bowyer reportedly was seen driving erratically before entering the county. Bowyer’s fiancé drove to the scene of the crash that night and allegedly told troopers Bowyer had a dependence on prescription drugs, according to the affidavit.

“Bowyer (said) that she knew she was wrong for taking medicine during her trip to Ada,” the affidavit said. “She thought she took a prescription Lortab pain pill but was unsure, and that she routinely takes Lortab for pain, but did not take any prior to her trip.”

Bowyer will be sentenced Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said Bowyer could be sentenced to anywhere from four years to life in prison on each count.