A toxicology report has revealed a young country music singer and single mother was drunk when her car collided with another vehicle and killed a 16-year-old girl.
Kylie Rae Harris, 30, died in a three-way car crash in New Mexico back in September. Teenager Maria Elena Cruz was also killed in the accident.
Harris had a blood alcohol concentration three times over the legal limit at the time of the accident, a toxicology report said, according to Taos County Sheriff’s Office.
Police stated Maria had no alcohol in her system at the time of the crash.
“The now competed 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 said in a statement on Friday (local time).
He added police had determined Harris was driving at 102mph (164.1km/h) when she struck a first car before crossing into the oncoming lane and crashing into Maria’s car at 95mph (152.9km/h).
Harris had a prior drink-driving conviction in Collin County, Texas, in 2017 and had been ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle, according to court records, The Taos News reported.
The 30-year-old was expected to perform at an annual music festival in New Mexico at the time of the crash and she had been documenting her road trip through New Mexico on her Instagram story.
Previously police said they believed Maria to be an “innocent victim”.
“I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris,” Sheriff Hogrefe told the Taos News following the accident in September.
A GoFundMe was set up to help the family cover the expenses following Maria’s death and more than $26,000 was raised.
The page was set up by her best friend and described Maria as “the most sweetest, loving, incredible human ever”.
“Maria was an innocent girl and was gone too soon,” the friend wrote.
“A drunk driver took her life and took a piece of all of us.”
One of the first responders at the scene was Maria’s father, who was the deputy chief of the San Cristobal Volunteer Fire Department.
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