Police in New Mexico have decided that velocity and alcohol performed an element within the fatal car crash that killed country singer Kylie Rae Harris and 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz in September.
The Taos County Sheriff’s Office introduced in a press launch Thursday that it had accomplished its investigation into the Sept. four accident and may verify that Harris was intoxicated and driving effectively above the velocity restrict on the time of the accident. In the meantime, Cruz was decided to have had no alcohol in her system.
In keeping with the press release, investigators collected information from the autos on-board computer systems. The information confirmed that Harris was touring at 102 miles per hour on the time of her first collision, which despatched her into the oncoming lane of site visitors the place she struck Cruz’s automobile at roughly 95 miles per hour.
Moreover, a toxicology and put up mortem report decided that Harris’ blood alcohol focus on the time of her dying was at .28, which is greater than thrice the authorized restrict for impaired driving.
“The now completed 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,” Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe stated within the assertion.
Regulation enforcement beforehand stated Harris was touring south on State Street 522 in a black 2017 Chevrolet Equinox when the SUV made contact with the again of a Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck. Authorities stated the maneuver brought about Harris to veer left into oncoming northbound site visitors the place her automobile collided head-on with a white 2008 Jeep Liberty pushed by the teenage woman.
Each drivers had been pronounced useless on the scene. The motive force of the Avalanche was unhurt.
Police stated Pedro Cruz, a Taos County firefighter/EMT, responded to the scene and located his daughter Maria useless upon arrival.
Court docket data point out that Harris had a historical past of consuming and driving. In June 2017, she was arrested and charged with driving whereas intoxicated after data indicated she had a blood alcohol content material degree of over 0.15, almost twice the authorized restrict. Harris was convicted in October 2017 and was ordered to have an ignition interlock machine put in in her automobile.
The Texas crooner was additionally cited for dashing in 2014, when she was clocked going 81 in a 60 MPH zone.
Fox Information’ Julius Younger contributed to this report.