Three-vehicle crash kills San Cristóbal teen, Texas singer-songwriter

Teen was Taos High student; Texas driver Kylie Rae Harris on way to perform at Big Barn Dance

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 9/5/19

A San Cristóbal teenager and a Texas resident died in a three-vehicle crash on State Road 522 Wednesday night (Sept. 4), according to the Taos County Sheriff's Office. Alcohol is suspected as …

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Three-vehicle crash kills San Cristóbal teen, Texas singer-songwriter

Teen was Taos High student; Texas driver Kylie Rae Harris on way to perform at Big Barn Dance

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Update: 2:50 p.m.  Thursday (Sept. 5)    

The two drivers killed in a crash Wednesday evening on State Road 522 were a 16-year-old Taos High School student and a singer-songwriter  from Texas, Kylie Rae Harris, who was scheduled to play today  at the Big Barn Dance in Taos. The third driver was uninjured.

The name of the student has not been officially released .

Harris' publicist confirmed her death to Billboard magazine.

Sarah Hearne Naftis , who helps organize the Big Barn Dance, said they were "absolutely devastated." She said Harris, 30, had been coming to the Big Barn Dance off and on for years, often invited by other musicians to jump up onstage and join in. "This was the first year she was going to play her own set. She was a huge part of the Big Barn Dance family." 

Harris,  of Wylie, Texas, leaves behind a 6-year-old daughter. 

She had released a new self-titled album in the spring. 

In a Twitter post Wednesday, Harris wrote, "Fuel range is 46 miles and I’m 36 from the nearest gas station. Dear baby Jesus please don’t let me get stranded in NM."

Investigators worked through the night to determine the cause of the crash.

Reported at 5:30 a.m. Thursday:

A San Cristóbal teenager and a Texas resident died in a three-vehicle crash on State Road 522 Wednesday night (Sept. 4), according to the Taos County Sheriff's Office. Alcohol is suspected as contributing to the crash. 

The names of the deceased had not been released  as of Thursday at 5:30 a.m. pending notification of family.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene at Milepost 1 about 9 p.m. Wednesday.  They confirmed that two passengers – a 30-year-old woman from Wylie Collin, Texas, and  a 16-year-old girl from San Cristóbal, had died at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was uninjured in the crash.

All drivers involved were wearing seatbelts; however, alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the crash, according to a press release issued by Sergeant Jason Rael of the Taos County Sheriff's Office. The Office of the Medical Examiner was also called  to the scene.

First Responders from Taos County Fire and EMS, Hondo-Seco Fire Department and Taos Fire Department assisted in the hours' long investigation.

Instagram story from Kylie Ray Harris, courtesy of the Santa Fe New Mexican: https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/santafenewmexican.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/4/7f/47fac6f0-d031-11e9-b94e-8bb91e035ca4/5d7194f275adf.video.mp4

 

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