Published: Sun, December 08, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Singer Kylie Rae Harris Was Drunk and Speeding During Fatal Car Crash

Singer Kylie Rae Harris Was Drunk and Speeding During Fatal Car Crash

Kylie Rae Harris, who died in a gruesome vehicle crash in New Mexico in September 2019, was drunk and driving at an incredibly high speed before the accident, according to the police investigation.

Harris had a blood alcohol concentration three times over the legal limit at the time of the accident, a toxicology report said, according to Taos County Sheriff's Office.

Harris had been going 102 miles per hour when she hit another auto on Highway 522 near mile marker 1; she then sped into oncoming traffic at speeds reaching 95 miles per hour and hit a vehicle being driven by 16-year-old Maria Cruz, according to the release.

Harris' mom Betsy Cowan said shortly after the accident that her daughter had struggled with alcohol off-and-on over the years.

"The initial investigation provided indicators that speed was a factor and that alcohol impairment was suspected on driver Kylie Harris age 30", it added.

Harris' family released a statement after receiving the toxicology report, and they said they deeply regretted that alcohol contributed to the tragic deaths of Cruz and Harris.

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Kylie's vehicle struck the rear of another auto and then her auto crashed head-on with a second vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Harris was reportedly going about 100 miles per hour in her SUV when she collided with a Jeep, killing 16-year-old Maria Cruz, the daughter of a deputy fire chief who responded to the crash.

Back in 2017, Harris was convicted of DWI in Texas and the court ordered her to install a breathalyzer machine in her vehicle.

Kylie was driving at 102 miles per hour when she crashed into the first auto and her vehicle was still traveling at 95 miles per hour when it crashed into the second vehicle. The third driver was uninjured.

Harris had documented her final moments on social media - tweeting and posting a series of videos on her Instagram Stories just hours before the crash that featured her road trip through New Mexico, where she was scheduled to play at the Big Barn Dance Music Festival in Taos. Harris was teary eyed as she explained how all of her family members in Taos - except for her uncle - had died there.

Kylie was only 30 years old.

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