A Midwest City woman faces formal charges in connection with a fatal crash that occurred at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

A Midwest City woman faces formal charges in connection with a fatal crash that occurred at the start of the Memorial Day weekend.

Deneisha Lowery, 29, is charged in Lincoln County District Court with first-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence, causing great bodily injury.

Lowery was arrested by state troopers following that deadly crash in Lincoln County.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol released information indicating that on Friday, May 26, around 4:15 p.m., several dispatch centers in Oklahoma and Lincoln Counties began to receive 911 calls reporting a black Cadillac CTS four door driving erratically on the Turner Turnpike (Interstate 44) traveling from Oklahoma City toward Tulsa.

OHP dispatched troopers from both the east and west sections of the turnpike to intercept the reported erratic driver. Troopers were within a few miles of catching the Cadillac when the driver struck the rear of a 2001 Ford Expedition between mile marker 151 and 152. The impact caused the Ford Expedition to overturn.

The driver of the Ford Expedition, Joseph Michael Blazier, 36, of Oakhurst, was killed, and four passengers were injured including a 29-year-old female from Sand Springs and three children ages 9, 5 and 10 months. The female adult was transported in critical condition to OU Medical Center; the children were admitted to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Troopers suspected impairment on the driver of the Cadillac, who was identified as Lowery.