Perkins was behind the wheel of a car that ran a red light and entered the intersection of Highways 191 and 491 in Monticello at speeds estimated at up to 80 miles per hour. Her vehicle hit a car in the intersection driven by Alice Rogers and with Nereece Johnson as a passenger. Rogers and Johnson were killed in the accident.
Perkins was life-flighted to a hospital in Grand Junction, CO, where she was eventually released. Law enforcement officials report that as recently as last month, Perkins still had a valid Colorado drivers license.