An Oklahoma State University student from Flower Mound died early Friday after she was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Kasey Waychoff, 19, died at South Baldwin Regional Medical Center where she was taken following the wreck, according to a police report.
It happened at about 1:45 a.m. as she was walking with friends in the 1400 block of West Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores, a tourist community on Alabama’s coast. She was visiting there for spring break, her grandfather said.
Justin Lott, 29, of Montgomery, Ala., was arrested and jailed on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to the report.
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Handy Waychoff of Tulsa, Kasey’s grandfather, said she was dearly loved by her parents, Shelby and Tracy Waychoff, and her older brother, Wesley.
“It’s a wonderful family, a good Christian family,” he said. “And she just had such a big heart, and she loved all of them. We have six grandchildren and the first five were grandsons. … I used to like to say my grandsons gave me a basketball team and she was my cheerleader.”
Waychoff said Wesley, also a student at OSU, especially doted on her.
“He walked her to kindergarten, walked her right up to her class, and then later in the day he’d leave his class to go check on her,” the grandfather said. “He wanted to make sure she wasn’t crying. Basically, he did that all of her life.”
Kasey was born in Edmond, Okla., and her family lived a few years in Arkansas before settling in Flower Mound, her grandfather said.
As she was entering high school, the family moved to Singapore for a few years where her father worked. Later they returned to Flower Mound where Kasey graduated from Flower Mound High.
Waychoff said his granddaughter was studying international finance at OSU, and she planned to study abroad in China next year.
Twitter on Friday was full of condolences and fond memories of the student.
Earlier this year, she announced on Twitter: “So excited to finally be accepted to Fudan University in Shanghai, China for the Spring 2015 semester!”
Waychoff said Kasey’s family was struggling to understand her death. He said she was walking with friends from the Gamma Phi Beta sorority at OSU when the wreck occurred.
“We just don’t understand why he didn’t just hit a lamp post,” he said. “Instead, he killed our blessed little granddaughter.”