News broke on Wednesday (September 4) that singer-songwriter Kylie Rae Harris (30) was killed in a three-car accident in New Mexico. Also killed in the crash was 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz, daughter of deputy chief of the San Cristóbal Volunteer Fire Department, Pedro Cruz.
As details of the crash emerge, Taos News is reporting that Investigators with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office revealed that speed appeared to be a contributing factor to the crash. At this time, Investigators are still awaiting toxicology reports from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
According to the paper, Taos County Sheriff’s Department revealed that Harris was driving south toward Taos in a 2017 black Chevrolet Equinox when she clipped the back of a black Chevrolet Avalanche. This caused Harris’ vehicle into oncoming traffic in the northbound lane. It was then she hit a white 2008 Jeep driven by Maria Elena Cruz head on. Both Harris and Cruz died at the scene. The other driver was uninjured.
In talking with TaosNews.com, local News station KSAT12 reported that Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Harris caused the accident. “At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris,” Sheriff Hogrefe said.
The 30-year-old singer- songwriter hailed from Wylie, Texas. She had released two albums and, most recently, her self-titled EP, which includes the song “Twenty Years From Now” (written with Jon Randall) that many of her fans are referencing on social media for its message to her six-year-old daughter, Corbie.
Maria Elena Cruz was a student at Taos High School.
Both families have set up a GoFundMe page for expenses. The GoFundMe for the family of Maria Cruz can be found here.
“This go-fund-me is dedicated to the most sweetest, loving, incredible human ever, Maria,” the page reads.”I am her best friend and started this page to help with any expense the family may need to cover.”
Kylie’s GoFundMe Page was set up to care for her 6-year-old daughter Corbie.
“Kylie Rae Harris was taken from us in a tragic car accident last night on her way to a show in Taos, NM.” the page reads. “Kylie was always so sweet to everyone who came in her path and as we mourn, I’d like us to come together and help take some of the burden away from her family and daughter.”