Kylie Rae Harris, a rising country singer from Texas, died in a car accident on Wednesday in New Mexico. She was 30.
The news was announced by the CEO of her management group, Alex Torrez, the next day, “We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night.”
The singer was responsible for the fatal accident. Harris and a 16-year-old high school girl Elena Cruz were killed in the accident that happened on State Road 523. Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said, ” At this time, I will say with almost certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris.”
Hogrefe said that the investigators believe that Harris caused Wednesday’s accident. He said that speed appeared to be the contributing factor to the accident. She crashed head-on with the teenager. She also hit another vehicle with her car.
The third driver involved in the accident was not diagnosed with any injury.
THE SUSPECTED REASONS INCLUDE ALCOHOL INTOXICATION
Authorities also suspect that alcohol intake could also be a case leading to the accident. However, nothing is confirmed yet. The whole scenario will be clear from forensic reports.
The Sheriff also said, “The toxicology report from the investigation will confirm or deny alcohol or other substances in both drivers.”
The Taos News reported that Harris had a DWI conviction previously in Collin County, Texas, in 2017. She has also been ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle according to the court records.
The mother of Kylie spoke about her daughter after the car crash that killed her. She said that her daughter ‘struggled with’ alcohol in the past few years. She said, “Alcohol was something [Kylie] struggled with on and off over the years.” However, she declined to elaborate further.
The singer released her most recent musical project in March. Harris was scheduled to perform at a local music festival on the day of the accident.