Kylie Rae Harris: Late Singer Accused of DUI, Killing 16-Year-Old In Car Crash

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Last week, the music world was stunned by the death of Kylie Rae Harris.

The 30-year-old country music sensation was killed in a multiple-car accident while driving to a gig near Taos, New Mexico.

Kylie Rae Harris

A 16-year-old girl named Mria Elena Cruz was also killed in the September 4 crash.

Now, in a shocking turn of events, police have revealed that Harris appears to have been responsible for the crash, and alcohol may have been a factor.

"At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris," Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said during a recent press conference.

While authorities have not decisively concluded that Harris was drunk at the time of the accident, they apparently have reason to believe that she was drinking on the night of the crash.

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The singer was arrested on DUI charges in 2017 and ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle, multiple outlets indicate.

Previously, she had received a speeding citation.

Police say speed was also a factor in last week's accident.

Rather eerily, Harris' last Instagram post included this fond reflection of her life on the road:

"I've been driving for almost 12 hours and you would think that's so exhausting and boring but like, the last couple of hours driving through the mountains and remembering my place in the back seat as a little kid when my dad was making these treks here," Harris said.

Kylie Rae Harris Photo

"Like, it was the f--king best,"

In another strange coincidence, Harris filmed a video just hours before her death, in which she spoke about the fact that several of her family members have died near Taos.

“My grandparents lived here, my uncle still lives here," she told the camera.

"Literally, everybody that was here has passed away, except for my uncle, and including my dad.”

Harris' passing was confirmed in a statement released by her publicist last Wednesday night:

Kylie Rae Harris

"We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night.

"We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music.

"The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you."

Our thoughts go out to the Harris and Cruz families at this difficult time.

We'll have further information on this developing story as more information becomes available.

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