Country artist Taylor Dee died in a car accident last week, her agent told E! News. She was 33 years old.
The Dallas-based musician, whose real name was Taylor Dawn Carroll, died on March 14 at a hospital in Euless, Texas, according to a coroner’s report obtained by E! News.
Euless Police Sergeant Scott Peterson confirmed to E! News that Taylor was driving her 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer on the State Highway 183 when she tried to exit around 10 p.m. “It looks like she made a last minute decision to attempt to go from the toll lane into the exit lane,” he explained.
She made an “abrupt lane change” and then she crashed against a cushion barrier, per a police press release obtained by E! News. Her car flipped into the air, stuck a steel highway sign and landed upside down on the highway. Investigators believe Taylor was not wearing her seatbelt when the crash occurred, according to the release.
She appeared to be ejected from the car, according to Peterson. He said that her male passenger was wearing his seatbelt and was released from the hospital the next day.
Texas Newsroom reported that the passenger suffered a broken toe, but wasn’t seriously injured.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing a toxicology assessment to determine if alcohol affected the crash, per the Texas Newsroom.
“Taylor caught people’s attention everywhere she went with her large wild personality and charming smile,” her agent Shai Berry said in a statement to E! News. “She blew listeners away every time she stepped in front the mic. The power of her beautiful vocals were felt deep within the soul. Her energy and passion were so contagious that she left every show with a new team of supporters and fans.”
Shai continued, “Taylor adored her children, family, friends and fans; loving them with everything she had. Taylor Dee will be deeply missed by so many but her powerful voice and message will echo for eternity. Life is short, Live your dream, Laugh along the way.”