Guilty plea in deadly crash

Woman’s cousin killed in wreck outside Fruita

Alexis Perez

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.


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Others in this same scenario, having a passenger in a car being driven with an impaired alcohol amount in the driver’s blood, are put in jail for vehicular homicide.  Why not this one???  I don’t care if there was a plea deal or not.

Something wrong with this picture 90 days in jail for a drivers license violation, and only probation and work release for something that should have been a alcohol related charge. It appears the DA’s does not want to hold people accountable but take the easy way out.

why should she not get a prison sentence., SHE DROVE DRUNK
AND IMPAIRED (drugs etc) So she killed her cousin and maybe someone else. two years in work release is bull ####. She needs too go to prison for the max sentence

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