Country singer on the rise, Kylie Rae Harrison, died in a tragic car accident on September 4th, the accident caused by drunk driving and speeding according to police. This tragedy also took the life of a New Mexico teenager. The singer reportedly had a blood alcohol content of three times over the legal limit while driving at 102 mph when the collision happened according to the Taos County Sheriff’s Office in a news release.
Harris, 30, was drunkenly driving on a high way in New Mexico after a performance at Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival. She had released a self-titled EP in March and had been performing shows, her next one was scheduled to be in Turkey, Texas. Harris collided with one car and then crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, striking 16-year-old Maria Cruz who was killed. Police were able to gather data from the car’s on-board computers to find that her speed was 102 mph at the time of the first crash, and 95 mph upon the second crash into Cruz’s car. According to CNN, Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe stated “The now completed (sic) 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.” A toxicology test was done after Harris died to confirm she had a .28 blood alcohol concentration at the time of the crash.
If this hadn’t been terrible enough already, to make matters worse, Harris has a young daughter named Corbie who is only six years old. One of Harris’ most popular songs from her new EP was one called Twenty Years From Now which is written to her daughter. It is written in an apologetic form with its core message of asking for her daughters forgiveness of her mistakes from the past. To give you a better idea, here’s a lyric provided by Taste of Country:
“You deserve nothing less than happiness / And so do I / Twenty years from now / My prayer is that somehow / You’ll forgive all my mistakes and be proud of the choice I made / God I hope I’m still around / Twenty years from now,”
Harris wrote this song after the passing of her own father and had hopes that this could be a lasting message for her own child. In a rather eerie and foreshadowing quote from Harris “It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she said. “I want to meet my kid’s kids. Getting to the age your parents were when you were a child brings a whole lot of perspective.” It is a devastating reality that Corbie will now be growing up without her mother, who was intent on being here for her. Drinking and driving is real, dangerous, and deathly. Please do not let this story go unheard and spread the word of safety this holiday season.