Before country music songwriter and performer Kylie Rae Harris died in a crash in New Mexico, she posted what are now tragic, sad, and frankly somewhat eerie, final messages on her Twitter and Instagram pages. You can watch the Instagram story and read the tweet below.
Harris, who was from Wylie, TX near Dallas, posted an Instagram story while she was driving on the day she was killed (about two hours before the crash.) The sheriff has now said she caused the crash, writing, “At this time I will say with most certainty Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris.”
“I’m alright, I look a mess. It’s because I’ve been crying. It’s okay, though. It’s a good cry. I just got to Taos, New Mexico. And I’m playing this festival here… Literally, everybody that was here has passed away, except for my uncle, and including my dad.” She started to break down and cry. She added, “I’m sorry Instagram.”
“Driving these roads today, I’ve been driving for 12 hours, you would think that’s so exhausting and boring. But like the last couple hours driving through the mountains and just remembering my place in the back seat as a little kid when my dad was making these treks here, and I started getting really sad. I started to get real sad, and then all of a sudden these random cows like showed up in the middle of road…” She remembered when she was in the backseat at age 10 or 12 riding with her dad and sister and they hit something “really hard.” They hit a cow, and it was a story they always told.
“I know it’s very depressing… I just started crying and I was sad and all of a suddenly these cows appeared out of nowhere. We grieve differently,” she said. Several hours later, she also was dead.
You can see the Instagram story here. Watch it here:
On September 4, 2019, at 3:05 p.m., she used her iPhone to tweet: “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.” Here’s the tweet:
Harris’s self-titled EP was called Wide Open Country. Her first in 2013, titled Taking It Back, was released to accolades.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Fatal Crash May Be Alcohol-Related, Reports Say
What caused the fatal crash that killed Kylie Rae Harris? Preliminary reports say alcohol might be involved, although it was a three-vehicle crash, and it’s not clear which driver police think was drinking. However, Harris had a drunk driving history, and authorities say she clipped the car in front of her, sparking the crash.
Taos News reported that the dead also included a San Cristóbal teenager. The three vehicle crash occurred on State Road 522 Wednesday night (Sept. 4), according to the Taos County Sheriff’s Office. “Alcohol is suspected as contributing to the crash,” reported Taos News.
At that time, the names were not released. The crash occurred at about 9 p.m. on September 4, 2019; the teenage driver was 16 and died at the scene. The third driver was not injured.
Taos News reported that “all drivers involved were wearing seatbelts; however alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the crash.”
Saving Country Music reported that Kylie Rae Harris was a “mother, designer, and one of the most revered songwriters, performers, and women of Texas country music.” She leaves behind a daughter. “Music has always been in me,” Kyle Rae Harris once said, according to Saving Country Music. “I have to do it. This is all or nothing for me. I’m going to be writing and singing music the rest of my life whether I’m broke or not so I might as well go for it.”
A Song Kylie Wrote Her Daughter Now Almost Seems Like a Premonition
According to Billboard, Kyle Rae Harris recorded a song last March that was a prayer for her daughter. “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,” she sang, according to Billboard. The song was called Twenty Years From Now.
Harris’s dad died at age 54 of cancer a few months before. She realized that some people don’t get to know their parents when they are adults.
“It scared me thinking that it was totally possible I could be gone before my daughter reaches that point,” she told Billboard. “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.”
Her daughter’s name is Corbie.
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