UPDATE: Thursday a.m.
Nicole Baukus has changed her plea to guilty. The jury will now decide on sentencing.
Just after 5:30 pm on Wednesday, Day 3 of the wrong way driver trial of Nicole Baukus wound down. The day had several experts testify including Woodlands Trooper Mike Chapman.
Chapman explained how from the “Black Box” in the victim’s vehicle he was able to determine they reacted one half second before impact with only enough time to let off the accelerator. At that point they were moving more than 200 feet per second.
Texas Ranger Wendi Wakeman explained how she swabbed Baukus for DNA when she arrived at the Montgomery County Jail with Trooper Jay Smith after being released from the hospital.
A analyst from DPS said she removed the air bag from the Baukus vehicles drivers side and found Baukus’ blood on it as well as the arm rest and the left sock embedded in the floor board of her truck.
When asked about the chances of the DNA not being her, the analyst said the odds were one in two sextillion that the blood was not a match for Baukus. When asked what that number even looked like she said there were 21 zero’s after it: 2,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Dr. Field with Hermann Hospital took the stand telling of the injuries he treated both Baukus and David Porras who survived the crash. He said Porras’ upper jaw was shattered which resulted in the loss of all his upper teeth when the dashboard hit him in the face. He also spoke of Porras’ neck injuries and having to continue going through surgeries. Dr. Field said Baukus had some fractures in her foot and other abrasions. At the time of the treatment after the accident, he said he did not think anyone had told Baukus that she had killed two people as she was laughing. He said he was shocked when he told her of the deaths and she laughed.
Video from “On the Rox” was also released. It has been edited down from over six hours on 15 cameras to 20 minutes which show her taking each drink. At the 16 minute mark, Baukus can be seen leaving the club staggering across the parking lot.
Security camera video of Baukus consuming 21 drinks. She has long hair and is wearing white shorts and a black blouse. She appears close to the bottom and center of the screen.
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