The fire chief in New Mexico, who responded to a fatal crash Wednesday night that killed country singer Kylie Ray Harris, to the horror of learning that his own 16-year-old daughter was also killed in the accident.
Teenager Maria Elena Cruz was on the move when Harris connected to the back of a pickup truck and collided, hitting Cruz's vehicle, police said.
Pedro Cruz, a volunteer firefighter with the San Cristobal Fire and Maria's father, responded to a call in Taos County, NM, Albuquerque's KRQE-TV reported.
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Members of the San Cristobel community on Friday raised money to raise money for the Cruz family. A memorial in memory of the teenager was created at the Taos High School, where she was a junior, Albuquerque's KOB-TV reported.
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"They just want the community to remember their daughter Maria Elena as a kind, loving and caring, wonderful daughter a wonderful sister and just a good-natured soul, "said Taos County Fire Chief Mike Cordova.
Hogreff said the crash was" most likely the fault of Harris, and Cruz – an "innocent victim."
Harris had a history of DUI incidents, KRQE reported.