GULF SHORES, Ala. - An Oklahoma State University student was killed Thursday while on spring break in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Vinson tells 2NEWS Kasey Waychoff, 19, was walking along Beach Boulevard when she was struck by a motor vehicle around 1:45 a.m.
A police department spokesman says the driver was drunk.
Vinson says Waychoff, a junior at OSU from Flower Mound, Texas, was transported to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead just before 2:30 a.m.
Vinson says the preliminary cause of death is blunt force injuries.
Waychoff, a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, was vacationing with sorority sisters in Gulf Shores for spring break.
OSU spokesman Jim Mitchell emailed the following statement:
"Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic death of one of our students. The sophomore from Flower Mound, Texas, was in Gulf Shores, Alabama, at the time of her death. The thoughts of the entire OSU community go out to her family and friends."
The international president of Gamma Phi Beta, Krista Davis, also issued a statement Friday afternoon:
“The entire Gamma Phi Beta family mourns the tragic loss of Kasey. She was a sister, friend and
cherished member who will be genuinely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kasey's family
and the women of Beta Psi Chapter.”
Police have identified the driver as 29-year-old Justin Lott, of Montgomery, Ala. Lott was arrested Friday and has now been charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident in addition to a previous charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Lott remains behind bars in a Baldwin County prison.
OSU plans to send grief counselors to the sorority house Sunday to meet with students. A memorial service is also plan for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.