Toxicology report: Driver in teen's death took drugs

Toxicology report shows driver blamed in teen's death had drugs in his system

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Amelia Keown, 16, died in August. The report says John Perkins, the driver who hit her, had a level of Oxycodone in his system that was close to toxic. The report also shows that he'd taken Methamphetamine. Amelia Keown, 16, died in August. The report says John Perkins, the driver who hit her, had a level of Oxycodone in his system that was close to toxic. The report also shows that he'd taken Methamphetamine.
A TBI report shows that John Perkins had drugs in his system when he hit and killed a Maryville teen. A TBI report shows that John Perkins had drugs in his system when he hit and killed a Maryville teen.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

LOUISVILLE (WATE) – A new TBI toxicology report shows the driver blamed in a head-on crash that killed a Maryville teen had drugs in his system.

Amelia Keown, 16, died in August. The report says John Perkins, the driver who hit her, had a level of Oxycodone in his system that was close to toxic. The report also shows that he'd taken Methamphetamine.

"Enraged is how I felt today. I was so mad he chose to get high and get behind the wheel," said Amanda Moore, Amelia's mother.

Perkins was let out of prison in 2005 after serving just 4 years of a 12 year sentence for armed robbery.

"I know he had failed drug tests in prison," said Moore, about records she's obtained. She also has paperwork that shows after his early release, he was arrested several times.

Amelia's family has been pushing for "Amelia's Law", which proposes tougher parole rules.  

Moore says the new toxicology report will now also be a focus in their effort to change how felons are set free.

"We'll have to add something about drug testing," explained Moore.

Moore says she's heard that Perkins had a prescription for Oxycodone. But that information has not been verified by law enforcement.

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