Woman Changes Plea In Wrong-Way Crash

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A woman charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter as well as one count of vehicular aggravated assault in a wrong-way car crash changed her plea on Thursday to guilty.

Twenty-three-year-old Nicole Baukus originally pleaded not guilty to her charges but changed that plea Thursday.

With testimony in the trail having taken shape this week, prosecutors released surveillance video showing Baukus’ truck headed the wrong way down the North Freeway near Highway 242 and Baukus traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway.

Witnesses called 911 to report the wrong-way motorist but before authorities could respond to the call and confront Baukus about driving the wrong way, she allegedly then slammed head-on into a car carrying three people.

That car’s driver, later identified as 19-year-old Nicole Adams, was killed. Eighteen-year-old Travis Sanders,a passenger in the car also died. A third person in the car later identified as 21-year-old David Porras, was critically injured in the car crash.

In addition to the video of Baukus driving the wrong way on the roads, additional video was released of Baukus drinking 17 shots and four beers before walking out to her truck on the night of the fatal accident. Further reports stated that her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. If convicted of the charges against her, she could spend more than four decades in prison.

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