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19-Year-Old Spring Breaker Killed
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) A college student on Spring Break from Oklahoma State University was struck by a car and killed while she was walking along West Beach Boulevard.
Justin Lott, 29, from Montgomery is charged with driving under the influence right now. Police say he hit and killed 19-year-old Kasey Waychoff, a student at OSU but originally from Flower Mound, Texas.
Waychoff was visiting on Spring Break along with her sorority sisters. Police say it all happened around 2 a.m.
"The guy that hit her the eye witness said he was driving all over the road. I couldn't believe that because there was hundreds of kids all down the sides of that highway on the West end," said taxi driver Dave Tillman.
Tillman was on duty at 2 a.m. He said he picked up some spring breakers who witnessed the accident.
"They say he was running like 50-55 mph and it's 35 down through there," said Tillman.
"The vehicle actually continued traveling after the accident and the sheriff's office made a traffic stop," said Josh Coleman with the Gulf Shores Police Department.
Lott is charged with driving under the influence other charges including leaving the scene of an accident are possible.
Friends and family across the country are remembering Waychoff. Her grandfather, Handy Waycoff expressed his grief tonight by saying that he "doesn't understand why she's gone".
Waycoff family's neighbor in Texas, Mike Keeling, said that Waycoff was "the sweetest thing you can imagine."
"It's really not her fault I'm sure she wasn't walking in the middle of the road. He was swerving and not paying attention that's what happens when you act stupid and now he's got his whole life deal with that. I'm sure wished he would have thought different," said Zach Millsap, a student on Spring Break who learned of the accident today.
Police say attempts to save Waychoff were made at the scene. She died moments later at a local hospital.
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says waking up to the tragic news has been difficult for everyone.
"It hurts to have a child in our community hurt. I'm a parent, I'm a grandparent and to lose a child who is here visiting is unacceptable," said Craft.
Kasey Waychoff's sorority sisters say the day after she was killed would have been there last day on the beach together no one could have known their dream vacation would end in tragedy.
CLICK HERE for Local 15's coverage of the case.