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Country Singer Kylie Rae Harris Was Drunk and Speeding When She Caused a Deadly Three-Car Crash

Shannon Barbour
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From Prevention

In September, country singer Kylie Rae Harris was involved in a devastating car accident on her way to play at the Big Barn Dance music festival in New Mexico. At the time, the Taos County Sheriff’s Office suspected alcohol was a factor in the three-car crash that resulted in Kylie’s death as well as the death of 16-year-old Maria Cruz. And on Thursday, officials and a toxicology report confirmed Kylie’s blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.


A statement shared on the sheriff’s Facebook page also revealed Kylie, 30, was driving at 102 miles per hour “at the time of the first collision event.” It went on to say that Kylie then crossed into incoming traffic and hit Maria’s car head on at 95 miles per hour.


There was no alcohol in Maria’s system. Her father is the deputy chief of the San Cristóbal Volunteer Fire Department, “who happened upon the crash as other first responders worked to help the victims,” according to the Taos News.

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In an email, Fire Chief Mike Cordova told the local outlet, “Deputy Chief Pedro Cruz and his family are reeling. Pedro’s family is all at home mourning her loss. At this point we are asking that people give the family some space for the next few days.”

County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said, “The now competed investigation supports what we suspected at the time of our initial investigation and my earlier press release that stated alcohol consumption was suspected and speeding was a factor.”

Prior to this crash, Kylie reportedly had a “DWI conviction in Collin County, Texas in 2017 and had been court ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle, according to court records.”

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