Kylie Rae Harris Asked for Daughter’s Forgiveness in Haunting Song ‘Twenty Years From Now’
Kylie Rae Harris wrote a song asking for her six-year-old daughter's understanding and forgiveness for her mistakes in one of the final recordings of her life. Harris released a haunting song titled "Twenty Years From Now" on her final EP before she died in a car crash that authorities say she caused.
The 30-year-old Texas-based country singer and songwriter died on Sept. 4 in a head-on collision on State Road 522 in Taos, N.M. According to investigators, the Chevrolet Equinox she was driving clipped a Chevrolet Avalanche from behind, sending Harris' vehicle into the oncoming lane, where she collided with a white 2008 Jeep driven by 16-year-old Maria Elena Cruz. Harris and Cruz died at the scene of the accident, while the third driver was not injured.
Speed and alcohol are believed to have played a role in the crash, according to Taos News. A toxicology report will take several weeks, but Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe blamed Harris for the accident in talking to Taos News, saying, "At this time I will say with most certainty that Miss Cruz was an innocent victim of this senseless crash caused by Ms. Harris."
Taste of Country has contacted Sheriff Hogrefe and the Taos Police Department requesting clarification, but neither has responded.
Harris was a single mother, and she left behind a six-year-old daughter named Corbie. A song on the self-titled EP she released in March, "Twenty Years From Now," addresses her daughter directly, hoping she'll one day gain understanding and forgive her mother's mistakes.
"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," Harris sang.
Harris' mistakes included an abusive relationship just after high school that ended up with her facing legal trouble. According to her Facebook page, that happened during a "dark period where she alienated nearly everyone important to her."
According to public records, Harris was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in May of 2009. She received deferred adjudication, a form of probation that would allow a plea of guilty or no contest to be removed from her record after completing the terms of her agreement. Harris' charges in that matter were dismissed on May 19, 2012.
Harris also had a DWI in 2017 in which her blood alcohol level exceeded .15, nearly twice the legal limit. She subsequently had an ignition interlock installed in her vehicle by court order.
Harris' mother, Betsy Cowan, tells People that alcohol was “something [Harris] struggled with on-and-off over the years."
Harris was trying to put her difficult past behind her when she released her final project in March of 2019. In the press release for the project, she said she was looking forward to a fresh start.
“My twenties weren’t a walk in the park, a lot of that admittedly self-inflicted, but I grew a lot,” she observed. “This project feels like the close of a real painful chapter and a welcome to whatever is next.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for Harris' funeral expenses and her daughter's college education. A separate GoFundMe page is raising money for Cruz' funeral expenses.
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