Firefighter Was First On The Scene To Crash Which Killed His Teen Daughter

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A firefighter was the first responder to a fatal car crash where he found his dead 16-year-old daughter.

On September 4, in Taos, New Mexico, country singer Kylie Rae Harris was killed after causing a three-car collision, which also took the life of high school student Maria Cruz.

Harriss black Chevrolet clipped the back of another vehicle, causing it to veer into the opposite lane and crash head-on into Marias jeep, when she was heading home from work.

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The teens father Pedro Cruz, the deputy chief of the San Cristobal Volunteer Fire Department and also an EMT, attended the scene. However, he didnt know his daughter was a victim until finding her lifeless body.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe told KRQE, as per the MailOnline:

[Pedro is] also an EMT, so hes no stranger to going out on calls both medical, crashes and other things, but very traumatic for him to not know but to respond anyway and then find it was his family member.

According to CBS Austin, authorities say they have evidence which suggests speed and alcohol was involved in the incident – however, theyre still awaiting the toxicology report from the coroners office.

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Both Harris and Maria were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and the third driver emerged from the collision unscathed.

Hogrefe added:

At this time, I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms Harris.

Harris had a history of drunk driving – in June 2017, she was fined $460.10 and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device on her vehicle after being convicted of driving while intoxicated. Her blood alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit.

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In 2014, Harris was also fined $302 for speeding after she was caught driving 81mph in a 60mph zone in Dallas.

Maria was remembered as a loving and caring person who was taken from her family and friends way too soon. A Read More – Source