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HEAD-ON CRASH!

Illegal Drugs Faulted, It Is Believede

By JOHN W. SIMMS
Special to the Chronicle
MIDWEST CITY--A Midwest City man is being sought after he wa charged in a head-on collision on Interstate 35 that left three people dead.
David Steven Blair II, 35, was charged Aug. 30 in Oklahoma County District Court with three counts of second-degree murder. Prosecutors say Mr. Blair was driving under the influence of illegal drugs.
Oklahoma County sheriff deputies are actively searching for Mr. Blair , a spokesman said Friday.
Prosecutors say Mr. Blair drove recklessly in the rain, under the influence of intoxicating substances and in oncoming lanes of traffic on April 17 in Edmond.
Police reported Mr. Blair was traveling north on I-35 about 1 p.m. before the wreck. Witnesses told police that Mr. Blair , driving a sport utility vehicle, was speeding, changing lanes unsafely and passing other motorists on the grass median, an investigator with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported in a court affidavit.
North of the Covell Road overpass, the SUV went through a cable barrier into the grass median, according to the affidavit. After driving in the median about 200 feet, the car went left and entered the southbound lanes, ultimately colliding head-on with a minivan.
In the minivan was Philip John Hess, 43, of Oklahoma City, and his daughter, Alexandria Belfast Rose Hess, 2. Both were killed.
Tiffany Robin Valenzuela, 44, of Stillwater, was inside the SUV, sitting in the front passenger’s seat. She also died.
A drug screen indicated PCP, marijuana and “benzodiazepam,” a psychoactive drug, was in Mr. Blair ’s blood, records show.
Mr. Blair also has been charged in a separate felony assault and battery case. He is accused of ramming his vehicle into the back of other another vehicle, police reported.
In 2007, Mr. Blair pleaded guilty to multiple robbery offenses. Mr. Blair admitted to robbing five people at gunpoint between late 2003 and early 2004, plea paperwork shows.
Records show he was released from prison in 2013 on probation.
He was not in custody as of Sunday.
David
Blair II


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