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20-Year-Old College Student Fatally Shot In Road Rage Incident On New Years Day

Texas student Sara Mutschlechner was shot in the head during an argument at an intersection and died Friday evening.


A 20-year-old college student from Texas died Friday evening after an argument on the road escalated to gunfire.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, Denton police officers said they responded to a call shortly after 2 a.m. on Jan. 1 about a gunshot victim, later identified as Sara Mutschlechner, who had been driving a car that crashed into an electrical pole.

Mutschlechner, a third-year student at the University of North Texas, was found lying on the ground outside the car when authorities arrived.

There were three other people in the vehicle Mutschlechner had been driving, and they told police a “dark colored Toyota or Lexus sports utility vehicle” pulled up next to them and that “several words were exchanged” between both parties.



As both cars crossed the intersection, an individual in the SUV fired several times at Mutschlechner. One gunshot struck her in the head, causing the car to hit another vehicle before slamming into an electrical pole.

Mutschlechner, a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority according to her Facebook page, was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support Friday. At 7 p.m. that day, she was taken off life support and died shortly after. One other person in the car suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses in the car with Mutschlechner told police “five or six African American males” were inside the SUV, and that at least two of them were at the same New Years Eve party they had come from. Approximately 60 other people were at the party.

Police are still investigating the incident, as well as the party. They have not detained any suspects.

Mutschlechner, they said, was the designated driver that night.


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