Driver in Fatal Collision with Music Icon Faces Criminal Charges

EL PASO, Texas – The driver of the truck involved in the collision that resulted in the death of Laura Lynch, a founding member of the Dixie Chicks, may potentially face criminal charges. Texas authorities are investigating whether the driver, who remains unidentified, was under the influence at the time of the incident. According to TMZ, the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and had blood drawn to test for drugs and alcohol. The results of the blood tests will need to be subpoenaed from the hospital.

There is uncertainty regarding whether the driver displayed any signs of intoxication or underwent field sobriety tests at the scene before being transported to the hospital. In addition to potential charges related to intoxication, authorities have also mentioned the possibility of reckless driving charges. The Texas Department of Public Safety has stated that their comprehensive investigation will be submitted within 30 days but has not provided additional details.

The tragic incident occurred when Laura Lynch was driving from El Paso to Dell City. As she was traveling on Highway 62, a Dodge Ram heading westbound entered the eastbound lanes in an attempt to overtake another vehicle. Tragically, it collided head-on with Lynch’s vehicle, instantly causing her death. Disturbing video footage showed the mangled wreckage of the two cars involved. Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Authorities said she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Laura Lynch, known for her multifaceted contributions to the Dixie Chicks as lead vocalist, bassist, and manager, was a beloved figure in the music industry. She co-founded the band in 1988 along with Robin Lynn Macy and sisters Emily Strayer and Martie Maguire. Lynch recorded three albums with the group before departing in 1993.

After changing its name in 2020 to The Chicks, the band said it was “shocked and saddened” by her death. “We hold a special place in our hearts for the time we spent playing music, laughing, and traveling together,” a band statement read.

Memorial services to honor Laura Lynch are scheduled for January 6 in El Paso and February 5 in Fort Worth.