Testimony begins in trial of woman charged with DWI in wrong-way crash

Testimony begins in trial of woman charged with DWI in wrong-way crash

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Nicole Baukus

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 11:17 AM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY— As testimony began in the trial of a woman accused of killing two people in a wrong-way crash near Conroe, prosecutors released video evidence and a 911 call.

Prosecutors said the video shows Nicole Baukus driving the wrong way on June 29, 2012 before a fatal crash on the North Freeway near Highway 242.

On that night witnesses called police reporting that a pickup truck, driven by Baukus, was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway. Before officers had a chance to get to the scene, Baukus slammed head-on into a car carrying three people, police said.

The car’s driver, 19-year-old Nicole Adams, was killed and a passenger in the back seat, 18-year-old Travis Sanders, also died. A third person in the car, 21-year-old David Porras, was critically injured.

Investigators determined she had been drinking.

In all, Baukus was seen on security video at a bar drinking 17 shots and four beers, prosecutors said. Her blood-alcohol level an hour after the crash was more than three times the legal limit.

Prosecutors said she also had drugs in her system.

She was charged with two counts of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

She could face a total of up to 60 years in prison, if she is convicted.

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