Guilty plea in deadly crash
Woman’s cousin killed in wreck outside Fruita
A local woman will avoid a prison sentence after causing a crash in April that killed her cousin near Fruita.
Alexis Perez, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of vehicular homicide while driving recklessly, under a plea agreement that calls for an unspecified period of probation. Perez also agreed to serve 90 days in the Mesa County Jail in connection with an unrelated case when she was cited for driving without a valid license, after her initial arrest in April, according to Deputy District Attorney Bart Greer.
She could also be sentenced up to two years in Mesa County’s work release program.
Perez, who is free on a personal-recognizance bond, is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15.
Under the plea agreement, the District Attorney’s Office will dismiss the most serious charge in the case, vehicular homicide while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, relating to the April 5, 2014, death of Perez’s cousin, 18-year-old Lydia Perez.
An arrest affidavit said Alexis Perez failed roadside sobriety tests after authorities were called to the crash in the desert near Fruita. Perez and a surviving passenger told troopers they were leaving a party off 18 6/10 Road when she lost control of her Jeep, the affidavit said.
Lydia Perez was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.
The affidavit said another passenger in the Jeep told troopers Alexis Perez was racing a truck when the crash happened.