Taylor Dee, born Taylor Dawn Carroll, was driving an SUV eastbound in the Texas Highway 183 toll lane in Euless, according to CBS. Officials say she attempted to take the exit to Highway 360 but missed the turn by a split-second and slammed into a barrier.

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Her SUV then rolled, hit an overhead sign, and ejected Dee from the vehicle. A second person in the vehicle had minor injuries and is expected to fully recover. Euless police report that Dee was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash.


“Taylor Dee was the real deal – a true talent with a heart and passion not only for her music but for people,” Linda Wilson, president of the Texas Country Music Association, said in a statement. “In every performance, her talent was evident, but more importantly she allowed her fans to know her heart. She will be missed tremendously.”

The case remains under investigation, and the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing a toxicology screen to determine if alcohol played a part in the accident.

The singer was on the rise in the country music scene with her songs like “The Buzz” and “Greener Grass,” which made it to local radio stations in Texas.

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Dee leaves behind a young son and daughter.

A GoFundMe account created following her death has raised over $13,000 of its $15,000 goal. The online fundraiser describes the country singer as “a shining star who was going to make it in this world and chasing her dreams like the rest of us wish we could.”

“Her spirit was so free and she had a voice that the angels could hear. She had your back even when you didn’t know it,” the page says. “She will be forever loved and missed.”