Maria Elena Cruz Biography
Maria Elena Cruz was a 16-year-old high school student who died in a three-vehicle crash that also killed country singer/songwriter Kylie Rae Harris in New Mexico. She was the daughter of the deputy chief of the San Cristóbal Volunteer Fire Department.
Maria Elena Cruz Death
Maria died on September 4, 2019 after she was involved in a three-vehicle crash which according to the authorities was caused by country singer/songwriter Kylie Rae Harris while speeding. The preliminary news report indicates that alcohol might be involved but the police say they were awaiting toxicology reports and that speed also might be a factor.
Maria Elena Cruz Accident
According to the Sheriff’s Office Harris was driving south on State Road 522 toward Taos in a 2017 black Chevrolet Equinox. She clipped the back of a black Chevrolet Avalanche sending Harris’ vehicle into the northbound lane, causing her to hit the white 2008 Jeep driven by the teenage girl head-on. Both of them died at the scene. The third driver was uninjured.
Maria Elena Cruz Go Fund Me
A GoFundMe page was set up by Jaylene Romero on behalf of Maria’s family to help in funding the funeral and memorial expenses.
“This go-fund-me is dedicated to the most sweetest, loving, incredible human ever, Maria. I am her best friend and started this page to help with any expense the family may need to cover. Maria was an innocent girl and was gone too soon. A drunk driver took her life and took a piece of all of us. All the money will be going to her family, please anything helps. I’m doing this for you Maria, like we promised I’ll love you forever & always”
Maria Elena Cruz Obituary
Patsy Anglada Alaniz wrote a tribute on Facebook which read; “Yes, REMEMBER MARIA ELENA! I sent the following message earlier this evening to my former EGES 5th grade DL students who are now Taos High School Juniors, in the wake of the tragic loss of their beloved classmate, and my student, Maria Elena Cruz! I had purposely sent it to them as a PM in hopes that they would feel free to express themselves in private, which they did and are. I have since decided to share my message to my former DL students, on my FB wall to bring light to the fact that even though the tragic loss of this beautiful, intelligent, kind, hard working, and inspirational Teen won’t make the FOX and CNN syndicated news, Maria was also treasured, loved, and admired by all who met her. Her tragic death has impacted many young lives, former teachers, her beloved parents and little sister. A life with a future only a few can begin to dream of was cut short through not fault of her own! How many innocents have to die at the hands of someone who chooses to drink and drive before we open our eyes to this cruel and senseless act.”