Woman Pleads Guilty in Fatal DWI Wrong-Way Crash


MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A woman charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and one count of vehicular aggravated assault, in a wrong-way crash near Conroe changed her plea Thursday to guilty.

Nicole Baukus, 23, originally pleaded not guilty. As testimony in the trail began Tuesday prosecutors released surveillance video showing Baukus’ truck headed the wrong way down the North Freeway near Highway 242. Baukus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway.

Witnesses called 911 reporting the wrong-way driver, but before officers had a chance to get to the scene, Baukus slammed head-on into a car carrying three people. 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.

On Wednesday prosecutors released surveillance video from a bar showing Baukus drinking 17 shots and four beers before stumbling to her truck on the night of the fatal crash.

Her blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit. Prosecutors said she also had drugs in her system.

She faces a total of up to 60 years in prison.

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