Joyce M. Holladay

The driver alleged at fault in a 2016 fatality wreck on I-35 is back in McClain County to face a charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Joyce M. Holladay, 62, of Aurora, Colo., in June 2018.

She was returned to Oklahoma last week.

On Friday, Holladay made her initial appearance in McClain County District Court.

Her bond was set at $75,000 and a preliminary hearing conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 31.

The fatality wreck occurred Nov. 17, 2016.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Holladay was driving a Ford F800 and pulling a small single-axle trailer. A second vehicle driven by Thomas Hoskins, 42, followed as part of a two-vehicle convoy.

The trailer lights were inoperable and the truck was known to have electrical issues affecting the rear lights, the OHP reported.

The truck and trailer were northbound and traveling an estimated 40 mph when it was struck from behind by a semi tractor-trailer driven by Daniel Moghrabi, 55.

The impact caused the Ford truck and trailer to roll. The semi caught fire, killing Moghrabi.

Holladay and her passenger, Stuart Abdo, 56, were able to get out of the Ford truck and were picked up by Hoskins.

Bypassing the Goldsby exit, Hoskins drove to the Love’s on State Highway 9 west.

Loves employees reported the three sat in the parking lot for 14 minutes before entering the store.

Abdo told a store employee he and his wife were arguing when she reached over and yanked the wheel, causing them to hit another trucker.

According to an affidavit, Holladay and Abdo were taken to Norman Regional Hospital by ambulance.

A blood sample taken from Holladay showed the presence of methamphetamine, amphetamine and lidocaine.

Abdo refused to give a blood sample, saying he had marijuana in his system, according to the affidavit.

In October 2018, Shirley Stanford, personal representative of Moghrabi’s estate, sued Holladay and her employer, B&K Telecommunications and Construction LLC, in McClain County District Court.

That lawsuit was moved Nov. 9, 2018, to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

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