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GULF SHORES, AL (WSFA) -
The Montgomery man, who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Gulf Shores early Friday morning is now charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.
Justin Ellis Lott, 29, is accused of striking Kasey Nicole Waychoff, 19, around 1:45 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Beach Boulevard. Lott was transported to the Baldwin County Jail Saturday where he is currently being held under a $140,000 bond.
Should Lott bond out, he will be placed under house arrest and will have to wear a GPS and alcohol monitoring ankle device.
Waychoff, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, was in the beach town with her sorority sisters enjoying Spring Break. She was a student at Oklahoma State.
After being struck, Waychoff was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Medical professionals pronounced her dead a short time after arrival.
"It's really not her fault," Zach Millsap, a spring breaker, told local NBC affiliate WPMI-TV. "I'm sure she wasn't walking in the middle of the road."
"It hurts to have a child in our community hurt," Mayor Robert Craft told WPMI. "I'm a parent, "I'm a grandparent, and to lose a child who is here visiting is unacceptable."
Dave Tillman, a taxi driver who says he picked up some of the spring breakers who witnessed the event, told WPMI that eyewitnesses reported the driver who hit Waychoff was all over the road and that hundreds of kids were along the roadside.
The vehicle that struck Waychoff, according to Gulf Shores police, left the scene and continued down West Beach Blvd. A nearby Baldwin County Sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop.
After stopping Lott's vehicle, the officer reported that Lott displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. The officer then started a DUI investigation.
Gulf Shores Police increase their presence during the key spring break weeks. Community Resource Officer Josh Coleman says a chief concern is pedestrian safety.
"One simple mistake of leaving the roadway can result in serious injuries. Unfortunately this incident proves that," Coleman said.
While it's off to a deadly start, State Troopers say the number of fatalities during the spring break time frame have dropped sharply. Troopers credit promoting highway safety, speed enforcement, and issuing DUI and seat belt violations as possible causes for the decrease.
Still, in Gulf Shores, the focus remains on Waychoff, how she died and working to prevent it from happening again.
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