Ahead of toxicology tests, vehicle data indicate speed a factor in singer’s fatal crash

Highway 567, junction, near Taos, Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)
Highway 567 junction, near Taos, New Mexico. (John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive, US Library of Congress)

On September 10, friends and family of 16 year old Taos (NM) high school student Maria Elena Cruz held a memorial service to honor the young woman who had a bright future ahead of her. According to authorities, Miss Cruz died on a highway in northern New Mexico when Texas singer Kylie Rae Harris tagged the rear end of a black Chevrolet Avalanche truck. Officials believe Harris lost control of her Chevrolet Equinox, rapidly moving into the wrong lane where she crashed into Cruz’s Jeep. Authorities obtained the vehicles’ data recorders, and investigated the scene.
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