Driver speaks after details released in fatal scooter crash

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The driver who reportedly hit and killed a Conway woman on her scooter last week is speaking about the accident for the first time as the investigation continues.

According to a Conway police report made the day of the accident, witnesses stated that 28-year-old Lauren Dunn was waiting on her scooter to turn left onto College Street from Harkrider when she was rear-ended by a vehicle. That vehicle was reportedly driven by Aretha Perkins, 42.

The officer narrative in the police report states that Dunn was thrown from the scooter after being struck. According to the report, one witness said Perkins failed to use her brakes, and another witness said some individuals were running after the vehicle, screaming for her to stop. Perkins' vehicle was reportedly found more than 400 feet from the area of impact with Dunn on the vehicle. The officer narrative states that no brake marks were found.

In the interview with THV11, Perkins said the accident was not her fault, and that the scooter was being driven into oncoming traffic when the collision happened. "It was not my fault," said Perkins, who is currently facing careless driving charges. "I want to say I'm sorry for what happened, and it's taken a big toll on me as well."

According to the report, Perkins said at the time of the accident that she was going "regular speed, as always, and out of nowhere a motorcycle hits her vehicle."

Faulkner County prosecuting attorney Cody Hiland told THV11 on Monday that he is waiting for toxicology reports to be released before he decides about further charges. Perkins said she expects the results to show she had no alcohol or drugs in her system at the time of the accident.


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