BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Half a dozen charges, including driving under the influence were dismissed for a Bakersfield woman after she pleaded no contest to charges involving the deaths of two teenagers in east Bakersfield in 2012.
Terri Lynn Papadakis, 49, was held in custody under a $700,000 bail for 69 days, but today marked the end of her case as she pleaded to no contest despite police reports that her blood alcohol content was more than double the legal content.
Papadakis had slammed into a car driven by 19-year-old Aubrey La Jonte Crofton as he attempted to make a u-turn on Fairfax Road, with 14-year-old passenger, Angelo Reyes. Two other passengers in the car were injured, but lived.
But officials say it was not Papadakis' fault. Further investigation and police reports suggest Crofton was making an illegal turn when Papadakis drove through the intersection and struck Crofton's vehicle.
Police reports further show that Crofton and Reyes tested positive for marijuana use, but negative for alcohol. Officials also found 1.5 grams of marijuana inside a small plastic bag and a nearly empty bottle of gin in their vehicle.