Driving eastbound on Highway 62, Lynch was rear-ended by an oncoming vehicle: Laura Lynch

Laura Lynch, tragically died in a car accident in Texas, one of the founding members of the band, died in a crash on Friday, Texas State Police said Saturday. Police said she was 65 years old. The crash occurred Friday evening, State Police said, when Laura Lynch was driving eastbound on US 62 in El Paso when another car tried to pass her on the two-way, undivided section of the highway.

Laura Lynch, tragically died in a car accident in Texas

The crash occurred at approximately 5:45 pm local time. The Chicks released a statement on Saturday, saying they were “deeply shocked and saddened” by Laura’s passing. “Laura was a light in our lives,” the band said. “Her infectious energy and sense of humor were a constant source of joy, and her love of Texas was a driving force behind the band’s early success. Her undeniable talent helped us to go from busking on the streets to performing on stages all over Texas and the Midwest. We will always hold her in our hearts.”

According to police, Lynch was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said she wasn’t wearing a seat belt. The second vehicle caught fire, and the driver of that vehicle was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

According to Billboard, Lynch was one of the co-founders of the band, which was formed in 1989 by Robin Lynn Macy and members Martie erwin and Emily erwin. She began as an upright bass player, but eventually assumed the role of lead singer. She recorded three albums before leaving the band. Her replacement in the band was Natalie Maines.