Country singer Kylie Rae Harris spent her last hours reminiscing about her childhood and the family road trips that took place on the very roads she was driving on, hours before she would die in a three-vehicle collision on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The 30-year-old singer posted several Instagram stories documenting her trip through New Mexico that afternoon, reported People Magazine. She was on her way to the Big Bam Music Festival in Taos, New Mexico, on Thursday.
“Alright, I look a mess. It’s because I’ve been crying. It’s a good cry. I just got to Taos, New Mexico, and I’m playing this festival here,” she said in an Instagram story. “But for those of you who don’t know, I spent the last 20 years of my life coming to Taos with my dad and my sister.”
“My grandparents lived here, my uncle still lives here,” Harris said, Fox reported. “But basically, literally everybody that was here has passed away, except for my uncle—including my dad and I’m going to cry,” she said. “Sorry, Instagram.”
“Driving these roads—I’ve been driving for 12 hours—you would think that’s so exhausting and boring but like, the last couple of hours driving through the mountains, I’m just remembering my place in the backseat as a little kid when my dad was making these treks here,” she said.
Harris was emotional when she said she saw “random cows” on the road, which caused her to recall an incident from her childhood where she, her sister, and her father hit a cow when the animals suddenly appeared in front of them.
“I started getting real sad [while driving] and then all of a sudden, these random cows show up in the middle of the road,” she said. “It might sound really crazy, but there was this time—it was something that we always talked about with my dad and my sister—I was in the backseat asleep and I was like 10 or 12, and we hit something really hard,” Harris recalled. “I popped up my head and was like, ‘What was that?’ and my dad said, ‘Cow guard!’” “But really he had hit a cow,” she added.
“I know that’s very depressing but just the fact that when I was on my trek into the mountains, I just started crying and I was sad, and all of a sudden these cows just appeared out of nowhere. We grieve in different ways, but like, I don’t know,” she said before the video ended.
Hours later, Harris was killed in a three-vehicle crash on State Road 522, The Taos County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News on Thursday.
Two drivers, a 30-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, were killed in the incident. The third driver wasn’t injured, the report said.
The Sheriff’s Office stated that alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the accident.
Her death was first reported on country website Saving Country Music.
“We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night,” Harris’s publicist told Billboard. “We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”
Epoch Times reporter Jack Philipps contributed to this report.