Her parents described the Winnetka 19-year-old to the Chicago Sun-Times the day after she was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking along the side of the road in upstate New York, where she was attending Bard College. The 2013 New Trier High School graduate was studying anthropology and linguistics, was teaching herself Icelandic and to play the piano.
At New Trier, McCausland was involved in the choral, orchestra, and theatre programs.
“Sarah was passionate about music, and she shared that passion and joy with her fellow students and teachers in so many of our performing groups,” New Trier Superintendent Linda Yonke said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”McCausland worked at the The Enchanted Cafe in Red Hook, N.Y. The owner, upon hearing the news of her death, told the Daily Freeman paper that she was the ideal worker, who was honest and full of integrity.
A second Bard student was also killed in the crash. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that a service at the college chapel Sunday morning attracted more than 200 people.
Sheriffs officers located the hit-and-run driver, identified as Carol Boeck, 63, of Red Hook, N.Y., the Chicago Tribune article says. She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and first-degree vehicular manslaughter.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that McCausland and a fellow student, 20-year-old Evelina Brown, of Seattle, were found dead at the scene. A third student had non-life threatening injuries.
The article says that Boeck had a previous conviction for misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle with .08 of 1 percent or more blood alcohol content from 2005.Read the full Sun-Times interview with McCausland's parents here.