A Mount Maunganui woman who drove into three people, killing two and seriously injuring the third, has admitted to driving under the influence of drugs.
Nicole Marie Reynolds, 40, appeared in Tauranga District Court today where she pleaded guilty to two charges of drug impaired driving causing death and one charge of drug impaired driving causing injury at SH29 Maungatapu on July 29 last year.
She told police she didn't know she had hit someone until her windscreen smashed.
A blood test found Reynolds was driving under the influence of methadone, a Class B drug, and the class C drugs Lorazepam and Clonazepam.
Reynolds is pleading not guilty to a charge of stealing the pill bottle that contained the class C drugs.
A witness told police Reynolds' vehicle was swerving within its lane and travelling at 85km/h in the 100km/h zone shortly before she struck the people who were changing a flat tyre.
Leigh was standing near the rear of the vehicle waving a white wheel cover to alert traffic to the two men changing the rear tyre.
Reynolds struck Leigh, throwing her 30 metres from where she was standing and then struck Kenny, and Leigh's partner Lance Carter.
Leigh died a short time later and Kenny died at the scene.
In court today, Judge Peter Rollo convicted Reynolds and remanded her on bail until sentencing March 27 for sentencing at 2.15pm.