Houstonians take sober look at deadly crash that killed 2 teens

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by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 2:36 PM

HOUSTON -- When it comes to drinking, how much is too much is not always clear.

Houston resident Susanne Posey said it is a case-by-case basis.

“I think that’s up to the individual and their body weight and height,” Posey said.

“You can’t really put a number on it,” said her husband, Keith.

But prosecutors did put a number on it. They say Nicole Baukus, 23, had 17 shots and four beers the night of June 29, 2012. Her blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

“If she wasn’t dead the next morning, her hangover would make her wish she was,” said Bree Hess, who was a patron Tuesday at the Junction Bar and Grill.

But it was others who died.

Just released surveillance video shows Baukus’ car headed the wrong way down the North Freeway, near Conroe. Concerned if not frantic drivers could be heard on newly released 911 calls.

Help could not come quickly enough.

The head-on crash killed 18-year-old Travis Saunders and 19-year-old Nicole Adams. It also left 21-year-old David Porras critically injured.

They were all in the same car which had been heading the right way at the wrong time.

Baukus is now on trial and faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter. A big question is why no one kept a closer eye on her.

“When you’ve had 17 shots and four beers or five beers, she had no idea what she was doing,” said Nicholas Williams, a patron of Houston’s Midtown neighborhood.

“You’re not supposed to be making the decision,” Hess said. “If you’re out with friends, they’re supposed to be doing it for you.”

Many people can agree that Baukus really lost control long before impact. If convicted, she could spend the next 60 years in prison.

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