Young woman charged with DWI in I-45 wrong-way crash

Young woman charged with DWI in I-45 wrong-way crash

Credit: MCSO

Nicole Baukus

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by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:12 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 4:30 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY— A 23-year-old woman has been charged in a wrong-way crash that killed two people and injured another near Conroe early Friday, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened on the North Freeway near Highway 242 shortly before 4 a.m.

Witnesses called police reporting that a pickup truck, driven by Nicole 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.

The car driver, 19-year-old Nicole Adams, and a passenger in the back seat were killed. The other victim's name has not been released.

The third person in the car, 21-year-old David Porras, was rushed to a Houston hospital in critical but stable condition.

Baukus was also injured and taken to the hospital.

Investigators determined she had been drinking.

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

Her bond is set at $140,000.

The crash shut down the freeway for several hours, forcing morning commuters to find alternate routes.

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