The father of the EMT and fireman of the 16-year-old girl from Texas who died in a car accident caused by country singer Kylie Rae Harris was the first responder at the scene of the accident, but had no idea that the victim he would treat his own was a daughter.
Harris, 30, was killed in a three-car collision that also claimed the life of high school student Maria Cruz, 16, on Sept. 4 around 9:00 pm in Taos, New Mexico.
It was said that Maria & # 39; came home from her work at night when Harris, riding in a black Chevrolet Equinox, cut the back of a Chevrolet Avalanche and drove the northern line and Maria & # 39; s white Jeep head on the head hit.
Maria Cruz, 16 (photo), was killed when country singer Kylie Rae Harris, 30, hit her car in a head-on collision. Maria's father, a firefighter and EMT, was a first aid worker on site
Maria's father, Pedro Cruz, had no idea that the crash caused by Harris (photo) concerned his own daughter. Harris drove to a music festival in Taos, New Mexico during the incident
Maria & # 39; s father, Pedro Cruz, a volunteer deputy fire chief for San Cristobal Fire, responded to the crash scene without knowing that his daughter was one of those involved.
Pedro is also an EMT, so he is no stranger to doing medical, crashes and other things, but very traumatic for him not to know but to respond and then discover that it was his family member & # 39 ;, Sheriff Jerry in Taos County Told Hogrefe KRQE.
Both Harris and Maria were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. They died on the spot. The third driver escaped unscathed and was not identified.
Hogrefe told Taos News on Friday he could say & # 39; with the greatest certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Mrs. Harris & # 39;
Court reports obtained by DailyMail.com show that Harris was convicted of driving in June 2017 for being drunk with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of more than 0.15, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08.
The singer was fined $ 460.10 for the violation, and the judge ordered an ignition lock to be attached to her car, forcing her to take a breathalyzer test before sitting behind the wheel.
Maria (photo) drove home from work when Harris, riding in a black Chevrolet Equinox, cut the back of a Chevrolet Avalanche and drove the north road and hit Maria & # 39; s white Jeep head on the head
A fundraising dinner scheduled for Friday that was meant to raise money for the San Cristobal Community Center will now be a fundraising for the Cruz family. Maria (left) was a local high school student
The country singer, who leaves behind the six-year-old daughter Corbie (photo), had a history of drinking and speeding, learned DailyMail.com
Sheriffs released this photo of the crash scene afterwards. Police said that Harris Maria & # 39; s white jeep (photo) hit head-on. Both Harris and Maria were wearing seat belts
Harris's Chevrolet Equinox pictured after the car accident. The driver of the car that cut Harris was not injured in the incident.
In 2014, Harris was also fined $ 302 for speeding after she was caught driving at 81 km / h in a 60 km / h zone in Dallas.
A fundraising dinner scheduled for Friday that was meant to raise money for the San Cristobal Community Center will now be a fundraising for the Cruz family.
A GoFundMe page was also set up to help the family with funeral expenses.
& # 39; Maria was an innocent girl and left early. A drunk driver took her life and took a piece from all of us, & wrote Maria & # 39; s best friend in the fundraising description.
The family has stopped taking donations because they & # 39; are satisfied with the amount and are grateful for what has been given & # 39 ;. A total of $ 26,722 was donated before the GoFundMe was terminated.
The singer's mother, Betsy Cowan, a 56-year-old broker, published a statement on her Facebook on Thursday and announced a church memorial next week.
In an Instagram video hour before her death, she told fans how & # 39; literally everyone & # 39; in her family died in Taos, New Mexico
Hours before the crash, Harris tweeted that she was running out of fuel and 36 miles from the nearest gas station. She also shared a spooky latest Instagram story that describes how many of her family members died in the exact area she was driving through
Not long before the crash, Harris tweeted that she ran out of gas. She later said she could have filled in an Instagram story
After hearing the news of the accident, Cowan hurried from Ketchum, Idaho, where she had been on a trek, to Taos.
& # 39; Needless to say, we now have a huge hole in our hearts. We knew our Kylie had a big impact on the people around her, but I don't think we could have understood how many people really loved and cherished her, & wrote the next of kin mother.
& # 39; There will be various services and memorials, but her best friends would like to come to church service in her hometown. We plan that provisionally for Wednesday the 11th at 2:00 in First Baptist Wylie.
& # 39; There will also be many opportunities to honor Kylie at a musical location, so we will keep everyone informed. Know that we have never been a big fan of GoFundMe pages, but I believe there will be several benefits for Kylie's valuable 6-year-old daughter, Corbie, because Kylie, like most musicians, has no assets or life insurance.
& # 39; Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the 16-year-old girl who also died on the scene of the Taos accident last night. & # 39;
The resident of Texas ran a festival in the city of New Mexico, where she would occur when the crash occurred.
Hours before the crash, Harris tweeted that she was running out of fuel and 36 miles from the nearest gas station.
& # 39; Dear baby Jesus, please don't let me get stranded in NM, & # 39; she tweeted.
She also shared a spooky latest Instagram story that describes how many of her family members had died in the exact area she was driving through.
& # 39; I love this festival for those of you who don't know … my grandparents lived here, my uncle still lives here, but literally everyone who was here has died, except my uncle and my father and I 'm crying, driving on these roads, & she said in the video post.
Harris & father died of cancer at the age of 54 in Taos.
& # 39; You would think, I drive almost 12 hours, you would think that it is so tiring and boring, but the last couple of hours just driving through the mountains, recalling my place in the back seat like a little child when my father was when I made these trips here, it was the best, & she added.
Harris leaves behind a six-year-old daughter, Corbie Rae Watkins. Fans, friends and family have already donated more than $ 26,000 to a GoFundMe page collection fee for the singer's funeral and Corbie's university fund.
One of the country artist's songs has become particularly tragic and moving after her death.
Court reports obtained by DailyMail.com show that Harris was convicted of driving in June 2017 for being drunk with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than 0.15, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08
The mother of the singer, Betsy Cowan, a 56-year-old broker, published a statement on her Facebook on Thursday and announced a church commemoration next week
Harris leaves behind the six-year-old daughter Corbie. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise money for the young girl's university fund
Twenty Years From Now, written for her daughter, was released earlier this year, in which she sings: & God, I hope I'm still here. In twenty years. & # 39;
Harris explained the song in an interview with Billboard magazine in March and said: & I was afraid I thought it might very well be possible that I could have gone before my daughter reached that point … I want the meet my child's children.
& # 39; Reaching the age at which your parents were when you were a child offers a lot of perspective. & # 39;
Harris said she wrote the song four years ago after a road trip with her daughter to visit the girl's estranged father, Jeremy Joe Watkins, who lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
& # 39; I have held my feelings together for most of the ride, but when I saw that little baby lying asleep in the back seat, I pulled myself forward and screamed out my eyes. I had no idea what I was doing, but I knew that I loved her very much and prayed that one day she would draw her own conclusions about everything and see that I did the best I knew, & # 39 Harris told the magazine.
The former couple seems to have a close relationship after Harris applied for a court order in December 2018 according to court records.
Legal archives also show a custody case over the six-year-old, where judicial documents sent to Watkins in Oklahoma have not been delivered.
Harris had a difficult history of law enforcement and was accused of mistreatment with a deadly weapon in 2009, making her conditional for three years.
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