Alleged drunk driver kills Flower Mound teen on spring break in Alabama

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by TERESA WOODARD/ WFAA

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Posted on March 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

FLOWER MOUND -- The rest of us see her beauty on the outside, but family and friends say Kasey Waychoff's true beauty was always shining from within.

"She was a great sister, cousin, daughter," said her uncle Jeff Waychoff, trying hard to remain composed. "She made her parents proud."

If ever a young woman had everything going for her, Kasey did. She was a 19-year-old sophomore at Oklahoma State University. Her brother, Wesley, is a junior at the same campus. Photos show a handsome Flower Mound family that shared a deep love of travel and of time together in Stillwater, Okla.

"She was beautiful inside and out," Jeff said, "but she was very humble, easy going, easy to be around. She was fun."

Kasey was celebrating spring break with sorority sisters in Gulf Shores, Alabama. At 1:45 a.m. Friday, as the girls were walking to their rental property, an alleged drunk driver ran off the road. Jeff said Kasey was holding hands with two of her friends, but she was the only one who was hit. She was killed.

"The eyewitness said he was driving all over the road," Dave Tillman, a cab driver in Gulf Shores told a local reporter. Tillman gave some of the witnesses rides home. "There was hundreds of kids all down the sides of the highway."

"They say he was running like 50 or 55 miles per hour. It's 35 down there," Tillman added.

Police say the driver, 29-year-old Justin Ellis Lott, left the scene. But sheriff's deputies found him a short while later.

They arrested him for driving under the influence. More charges will likely follow.

"It hurts to have a child in our community get hurt. I'm a parent and a grandparent, and to lose a child here visiting is unacceptable," said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

Kasey graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2012, where she was a member of the spirit squad that fires up the student body at athletic events. Her school counselor also leaned on her to be a mentor to other students who were having personal troubles, said a Lewisville ISD representative.

Kasey and her family spent two years living in Singapore. After returning, they took in a young boy, giving him a local home while he got life-changing surgery in Dallas. He became family, Jeff Waychoff said, and family was truly Kasey's life.

Across social media, people offered condolences and prayers for Kasey's mother, father, brother, and friends.

"They want prayers and they want people to remember all the good stuff about Kasey," Jeff said. "They're a strong family, strong faith, and I know, they want those prayers."

Oklahoma State is planning a memorial service on campus next week. Local arrangements are not yet set.

 

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