Country singer Kylie Rae Harris caused a three-vehicle crash in northern New Mexico that left her and a 16-year-old girl dead, authorities reported. Investigators believe that Harris caused the crash and that speed seemed to be a factor when she clipped the back of another vehicle, sending her to oncoming traffic. She then crashed head-on into an SUV driven by Maria Elena Cruz.
Harris and Cruz died at the scene. The responding emergency crew included the teen's father, Pedro Cruz, the deputy chief of the San Cristobal Volunteer Fire Department.
Authorities also have said evidence at the crash scene indicated alcohol may have been involved, though they declined to provide details. They were awaiting a toxicology report from the coroner's office.
It is reported that Harris, 30, had a prior DWI conviction in Collin County, Texas, in 2017. Harris was in Taos, New Mexico to perform at an annual music festival.
She had posted on social media earlier that day that she was low on gas and 36 miles from the nearest gas station. "Dear baby Jesus please don't let me get stranded in NM," she tweeted.
Students and faculty at Taos High were in shock after learning that Cruz was killed in the crash. The sophomore was remembered as beautiful, kind, hardworking, intelligent and inspirational.
Harris released a self-titled album earlier this year and had spent the summer traveling to shows throughout Texas.
The North Texas native's latest work was a self-titled EP that was released in March, according to CBS Dallas / Fort Worth. She previously recorded two other albums: "Taking It Back" and "What The Heart Wants."
Harris is survived by her 6-year-old daughter.