Tech's Memorial Circle flag was at half-staff Monday in honor of a student who died following a collision on December 6th.
Meagan Rough, 19, was a passenger in one of several cars that was struck by an accused drunk driver near Avenue S and Glenna Goodacre Boulevard. Police say 19-year-old Jason Chad White was also driving at a high rate of speed when he smashed into those cars.
Friends told us remembering Rough inspires them to remind others to stay sober behind the wheel.
"Drunk driving is still going on and people aren't understanding the consequences that come from it," Childhood friend Sarah Beth Campbell said. "Like, we lost our friend and we just don't want anyone else to lose someone that's close to them."
"We lose someone that's so important to us and no one gets into their car at night thinking that anything bad is ever going to happen," Friend Nadia Tishler said. "And I guarantee he didn't think that was going to happen, we didn't think that was going to happen. But that stuff does happen."
Tishler said the tragedy could have been avoided and wants others to help prevent it from happening again.
"There's so many other options that people can use. Taxis, call your friends," Tishler said. "You know your friends aren't always going out at the same time as you. There's Safe Ride, there's so many options. Call your parents. You know, it's just a decision that shouldn't be made"
Students gathered today at the circle to remember Rough with a prayer vigil. Jason Chad White faces intoxicated manslaughter charges.