A promising country singer was killed in a rollover accident in Texas earlier this month, authorities confirmed Monday.
Taylor Dee, 33, a well-known musician in North Texas, was considered on her way to stardom when she was killed in the March 14 crash in Euless, according to a press release.
Linda Wilson, president of the Texas Country Music Association, said Dee’s death had shocked the local music community.
“Taylor Dee was the real deal – a true talent with a heart and passion not just for his music but for the people,” Wilson told the Texas Newsroom.
“In every performance, his talent was evident, but more importantly, he allowed his fans to know his heart. We will miss her terribly, ”Wilson said.
He left behind two young children: a son, Vayden, and a daughter, River.
Dee, whose legal name was Taylor Dawn Carroll, was driving an eastbound 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer down the toll lane of State Highway 183 around 10:30 p.m. the night of the accident, Euless police said.
He tried to exit Highway 360, but is believed to have missed the curve for a fraction of a second, according to local media KTVT.
His SUV collided with a barrier and rolled onto its side, hitting a roof sign.
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Dee, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, was ejected from the vehicle, officers said.
A passenger in the truck, wearing a seatbelt, suffered a broken toe and was expected to make a full recovery.
The accident is still under investigation.
Police said the alcohol may have slowed Dee’s reaction time, causing her to miss the spin. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office was conducting a toxicology test.
Friends and family said that she was a lifelong music lover. His first single, “The Buzz”, was released in June 2019 and had been receiving time on various local radio stations.