More details have emerged regarding the tragic death of Kylie Rae Harris.
According to Taos News, investigators with the Taos County Sheriff’s Office have concluded that speed appeared to be a contributing factor to the crash, and that alcohol was likely a contributing factor as well. Investigators are currently waiting for the results of the toxicology report from the Office of the Medical Investigator.
Their investigations has determined that Harris was driving south on State Road 522 in a 2017 black Chevrolet Equinox when she rear-ended the back of a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck. The collision sent her into oncoming traffic where she then hit the white 2008 Jeep driven by the teenage girl head on. Both Harris and 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz died at the scene, while the driver of the truck remained uninjured.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe stated, “At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris.”
According to Daily Mail, Harris was convicted in June 2017 of driving while intoxicated which resulted in the judge ordering an Ignition Interlock Device to be attached to her car. The device would require Harris to take a breathalyzer test before starting the car.
Hours before the crash, Harris posted an emotional series of videos to her Instagram, detailing how she used to come with her family to Taos, New Mexico as a child, but also how many of her family members that lived there have since died.
A GoFundMe has since been set up to helps establish a college fund for Harris’ 6-year-old-daughter Corbie, and another GoFundMe has been created for the family of Maria Elena Cruz as well.