The driver of the truck involved in the collision that killed Dixie Chicks’ Laura Lynch may face criminal charges.
The December 22 car crash that killed Dixie Chicks founding member Laura Lynch may result in criminal charges against the driver of the truck involved in the collision, according to reports. Representatives of the Texas Department of Public Safety told TMZ that officials are looking into whether the driver, who has not yet been publicly identified, was under the influence.
Following the collision, the driver was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries; it’s unknown whether that individual showed any signs of intoxication beforehand, but blood tests were conducted for alcohol and drug testing. Investigators will be required to subpoena the results of the blood tests conducted at the hospital. Should the blood tests come back positive for drugs or alcohol, the driver may be faced with criminal charges.
Regardless of those results, the driver could also face charges related to reckless driving, based on an investigation conducted by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Scene analysis and eyewitness accounts will determine if the driver should receive reckless driving or other charges. The complete investigation will be submitted 30 days after the crash.
Lynch, who was 65, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just outside of El Paso, Texas. She was killed instantly when a Dodge Ram “heading westbound entered the eastbound lanes of Highway 62 as it tried to pass someone and instead, slammed into her vehicle.” According to Lynch’s cousin, the musician was driving from El Paso to Dell City, where she grew up.
In 1988, Laura Lynch founded the Dixie Chicks — now known as The Chicks — alongside Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire. Lynch recorded three albums with the group before her departure in 1993.
Memorial services for Lynch will be held on January 6 in El Paso and February 5 in Fort Worth.