Texas Sorority Student Fatally Shot While Driving on New Year's Eve
After two or three rounds were fired at Sara Mutschlechner's car, she lost control and crashed into an electrical pole, killing her and leaving one other passenger injured
A 20-year-old University of North Texas student who was the designated driver on New Years Eve for her friends died after she was fatally shot in the head while driving.
Sara Mutschlechner was found around 2 a.m. Friday lying outside the sedan she had been driving, officer Shane Kizer, a police spokesman, told The Star-Telegram. After being shot, her car smashed into a utility pole.
She was taken off life support Friday evening at Denton Regional Medical Center in Texas, the officer added.
The Dallas News reports that before the incident, witnesses saw a dark-colored or black Toyota or Lexus SUV carrying five or six men drive up next to her and start talking to passengers in Mutschlechner’s car.
When the two vehicles crossed University Drive, someone shot at her.
Officer Kizer shared with ABC News “that a lot of people at the party would’ve recognized who was in that vehicle and maybe be able to tell us who they were. We’ve got a lot of people that we’re wanting to talk with at this time.”
Her father, Clay Mutschlechner told the news outlet that “there are so many people that knew her, that she touched their lives. She never met a stranger.”
Her mother, Gloria said that “she was friends with everyone,” and her great friend Chris Challiot added “she was just one of those people that always had a smile on her face, never said no to an adventure.”
The Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity posted on Facebook that she was majoring in radio, TV and film studies and had recently been appointed the Greek Philanthropy Chair for the chapter.
Chapter president Jordan Roberts added that she “is by far of one of the most spirited, honest and fun-loving people I had the privilege to know. She will truly be missed.”
Her sorority also took to Facebook to write that “Sara was a beautiful person inside and out and this world is less bright without her. She was always so kind and full of an energy that was infectious to those around her.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for her funeral and medical bills.
PEOPLE was not able to reach the Denton Police Department for comment.