New Mexico police released the details of their investigation into the three-vehicle accident that killed country music singer Kylie Rae Harris. The toxicology report reveals that Harris's blood alcohol level was .28, more than three times the legal limit, and the police report states that Harris was flying along a New Mexico highway at speeds of more than 100 miles. per hour when she caused the accident that took both her life and that of Maria Elena Cruz, 16.
According to People Magazine, the Taos County Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation into the matter, and confirmed in a press release that Harris was drunk and rushed when the accident occurred on September 4.
The alcohol level of country singer Kylie Rae Harris was 3 times the legal limit, driving 102 mph at the time of the accident https://t.co/vNgrdKR8Ci pic.twitter.com/0DwMYcKlvN
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"The data (from the computers on board the cars) showed Ms. Harris's speed at 102 miles per hour at the time of the first collision event before crossing the approaching lane and hitting Mrs.'s vehicle. Cross at 95 miles per hour, "said a TCSO spokesman.
While Harris, 30, was drunk at the time of the accident, no alcohol was found in Cruz's system. Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe says his now completed investigation confirms what they suspected at the time of his initial investigation and press release: that alcohol consumption and speed were the two main factors in the fatal accident.
Harris's family issued a statement after receiving the toxicology report, and said they deeply regretted that alcohol has contributed to the tragic deaths of Cruz and Harris.
"No family should have to endure the anguish of losing a child," the statement said.
Harris's mother, Betsy Cowan, said shortly after the accident that her daughter had had alcohol problems from time to time over the years. In 2017, Harris was convicted by DWI in Texas and the court ordered him to install a breathalyzer machine in his vehicle.
The singer had a blood alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit and was driving 102 mph when her vehicle collided with two other cars on September 4, the Taos County Sheriff's Office said in a press release , citing an investigation. https://t.co/iWOpfjhvH9
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the In twenty years The singer was driving south on State Road 522 in a black Chevrolet Equinox when she trimmed a Chevrolet Avalanche from behind, and that sent Harris to the northbound lane, where she crashed head-on with the Cross Jeep.
Both Harris and Cruz died at the scene, but the driver of the third vehicle did not suffer serious injuries.
Harris had been touring Texas and the Southwest to promote his self-titled album. And, just a few hours before the accident, he posted a video about driving on the roads of New Mexico on his way to the Big Barn Dance Music Festival in Taos. Harris had teary eyes as he explained how all his family members in Taos, except his uncle, had died there.
“Driving these roads, I've been driving for 12 hours, you would think it's so tiring and boring, but like the last two hours driving through the mountains, I only remember my place in the backseat when I was a small child when my dad was doing these you walk here, ”said Harris. "It was the best, and I started to get very sad."
Kylie Rae Harris is survived by her six-year-old daughter Corbie.