Bakersfield Woman Kills Two in DUI Crash

A Bakersfield woman Terri Lynn Papadakis, 49, pleaded no contest to a DUI causing the death of 19-year-old Aubrey La Jonte Crofton and 14-year-old Angelo Reyes. Injured in the crash were two others. Papadakis suffered minor injuries.

Charged with Six Felonies

Papadakis who was charged with six felonies in connection with driving under the influence in a crash that killed two boys pleaded no contest to a single misdemeanor and was released. She was arrested in early January 2014 and held on $700,000 bail. Court records indicate she spent 69 days in jail.

Five Felonies Dismissed

Five felony charges, including two counts of DUI manslaughter without gross negligence, were dismissed while another was reduced to the misdemeanor charge. Papadakis was sentenced to three years’ probation. Authorities said the manslaughter charges were not provable. Crash analysis indicated Papadakis was driving correctly and not driving over the posted 50 mph speed limit when the April 20, 2012, collision occurred. Papadakis smelled of alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. Her blood was drawn at a local hospital about 90 minutes after the crash. Driver’s blood alcohol was more than twice the legal limit.

The only provable element was Papadakis’ intoxication: Her blood alcohol content was .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent. The DA said there are no winners in a case where two young people died. Papadakis is remorseful, but the accident was not her fault.

Cause of Crash was Illegal U-turn

Bakersfield police said the primary cause of the 8:30 p.m. crash was an illegal U-turn Crofton made on Fairfax Road in Bakersfield. He had been driving north but pulled over to the east curb, briefly stopped, and then drove west as he turned to enter the southbound lanes. Crofton’s Honda Accord was struck by Papadakis’ SUV while making the turn. The car sustained major damage to the driver’s side.

Victims Test Positive for THC

Both Crofton and Reyes tested positive for THC, a component in marijuana, and negative for alcohol, according to police. A small plastic baggie containing 1.5 grams of marijuana and a partly empty glass bottle of gin were found in the Accord.

Daniel R. Perlman
The Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman