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Laura Lynch of the Dixie Chicks Dies in Car Crash, Criminal Charges Possible

One of the founding members of the girl group and featured in the group’s first two albums.

The original lineup of The Dixie Chicks, Laura Lynch in an “Entertainment Tonight” interview
Lynch served as one of the founding members of the Dixie Chicks, now known as the Chicks (Photo Courtesy: Entertainment Tonight/Ralph Lauren/Forth Worth Star-Telegram)

Laura Lynch, a member of the country group Dixie Chicks, died in car crash last month.

Lynch was driving east on Route 62 in Texas when a pickup truck, which was heading west, crossed into her lane and struck her own truck head on. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver could possibly face criminal charges for the collision, the New York Post reports. Officials are looking into whether the driver was under the influence, the Texas Department of Public Safety PIO Sergeant Eliot Torres told TMZ.

The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening and had their blood drawn to test for drugs and alcohol, according to TMZ. Investigators will have to subpoena the results of the tests from the hospital. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety said its complete investigation will be submitted a month after the crash, meaning the ending of January 2024.

Lynch founded the Dixie Chicks, now known as the Chicks, in Dallas in 1988 with Robin Lynn Macy, Emily Strayer and Margie Maguire. The original lineup of the band only released two albums, “Thank Heavens for Dale Evans” in 1990 and “Little Ol’ Cowgirl” in 1992.

Macy later left the group in 1992, and the group continued as a trio. The next year, the trio released “Shouldn’t a Told You That” and experienced moderate success. The Dixie Chicks played at an inaugural for President Bill Clinton later that year.

Lynch was dismissed from the group in 1995 and replaced by Natalie Maines. Maguire told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1996 that the group was re-evaluating things and made the decision with the future in mind.

“What do we want to do in the future, where do we want to be in five years? I don’t think Laura really saw herself on the road five years from now,” Maguire said.

Following her time with the group, Lynch became a public relations officer at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She told The Associated Press in 2003 that she took up oil painting and focused on raising her daughter.

The Chicks called Lynch a “bright light” in their latest social media post regarding her death. 

“Laura had a gift of design, a love for all things Texas and was instrumental to the early success of the band,” the post read. “Her undeniable talent helped propel us beyond busking street corners to stages across Texas and the [midwest].”

Lynch was 65 years old.

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