Investigation confirms Texas musician was drunk, speeding at time of fatal crash

Sheriff says country singer clocked at 102 miles per hour, BAC over three times legal limit

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 12/5/19

Taos County's sheriff said an investigation into a fatal three-vehicle car crash in September has proven his initial theory correct – that Kylie Rae Harris, a Texas singer-songwriter who was one of two people killed, was drunk and speeding at the time of the collision.

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Investigation confirms Texas musician was drunk, speeding at time of fatal crash

Sheriff says country singer clocked at 102 miles per hour, BAC over three times legal limit

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Updated Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.

Taos County's sheriff said an investigation into a fatal three-vehicle car crash in September has proven his initial theory correct – that Kylie Rae Harris, a Texas singer-songwriter who was one of two people killed, was drunk and speeding at the time of the collision.

Data collected from an on-board computer recovered from Harris' vehicle showed that she was driving 102 miles per hour when she struck the first vehicle in the southbound lane of Highway 522 near mile marker 1 on Sept. 2, according to a Thursday (Dec. 5) press release from Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

Harris was still traveling 95 miles per hour when she careened head-on into another vehicle heading north in the other lane, killing 16-year-old Maria Cruz of San Cristóbal.

Toxicology reports provided by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show that Harris had a blood-alcohol content of .28 at the time of the crash – more than three times the legal limit. An autopsy of the young teen who was killed showed she had no alcohol in her system.

"The now completed investigation supports what we suspected at the time of our initial investigation," Hogrefe said in the release.

While the driver of the third vehicle did not suffer serious injuries during the crash, a GoFundMe page has been established to support her as she wrestles with trauma from the crash and ongoing medical expenses to care for her sick son-in-law.

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