Investigators said speed appeared to be a contributing factor in the crash. Alcohol is also suspected as a contributing factor, but investigators are still awaiting a toxicology report from the Office of the Medical Investigator, Taos News reported.
The sheriff’s office determined Harris was driving south towards Taos in a 2017 black Chevrolet Equinox when she clipped the back of a black Chevrolet Avalanche sending her vehicle into the northbound lane. It caused Harris to hit Cruz’s white 2008 Jeep head on, killing them both. The third driver involved in the crash was uninjured.