Sunday, December 22, 2013

A man, a woman, a bar, and a car crash

A woman entertains a man at a bar.  She consumes 21 beverages.  She hops in her truck, drives the wrong way down the highway, and kills two teenagers.  The jury convicts her, and she is sentenced to 38 years in prison.
A Montgomery County jury sentenced Nicole Baukus, 23, to 15 years for the first count of vehicular manslaughter, 15 years for the second count of vehicular manslaughter and 8 years for vehicular aggravated assault.

Nicole Baukus, 23, drank 17 shots and four beers before driving the wrong way on I-45, killing two teens and injuring another.  ...
As the trial opened prosecutors released surveillance video showing Baukus’ truck headed the wrong way down the North Freeway near Highway 242 on June 29, 2012.

Baukus was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of the freeway and 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 On the Rox Sports Bar and Grill showing Baukus on the night of the fatal crash drinking 17 shots and four beers, within 5 hours, and then stumbling to her truck.

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

The DA decides to file charges against a man who bought her drinks at the bar.
His name is Kambiz Michael Duran. He's currently in the Harris County Jail on a marijuana charge, but when he gets out he's going to get charged in connection with the fatal DWI crash by Nicole Baukus that killed two poeple. Prosecutors allege that he bought Baukus round after round of drinks before she got in her truck...  
The president-elect of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association calls that a stretch...  
"The criminal defense community we're a little puzzled under what statute they might be thinking is going to apply to him... I also think after this horrible tragedy I think they're really reaching out in this case to find another culpable party." She said.

It was a shocking crime, much of it caught on surveillance tape. Baukus is clearly intoxicated in the bar and then she got on I-45 the wrong way and slammed head-on into another car. TABC investigators say you can see Duran buying the drinks and then giving them to Baukus.
So all you party animals just be aware, if you buy a drink for that gal at a bar, you're apparently responsible for her actions.  At least they convicted her first.

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