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Sarah McCausl| phocourtesy McCauslfamily

Sarah McCausland | photo courtesy McCausland family

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Updated: May 14, 2014 6:51AM

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — A 63-year-old woman has been indicted on charges that she drove drunk and killed a Bard College student from Winnetka and one of her friends at the New York school.

Carol Boeck, of Red Hook, N.Y., faces 17 charges, including vehicle homicide and vehicular manslaughter, in the deats of 19-year-old Sarah McCausland of Winnetka and fellow Bard student Evelina Martin Brown, 20, of Seattle.

McCausland, 19, was a 2013 New Trier High School graduate studying anthropology and linguistics at Bard.

She and Brown were struck by a Jeep Wrangler and killed as they walked with friends in nearby Tivoli, N.Y., on Jan. 31.

A third student survived.

New York authorities say Boeck, who has a previous conviction for drunk driving, took off after the crash and was arrested soon after.

District Attorney William Grady said Boeck got behind the wheel with a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 percent — nearly three times the legal standard for drunken driving.

McCausland played guitar and sang and was involved at New Trier in choir groups and orchestra, traveling with a school group her junior year to Australia, where they performed at Sydney’s opera house, according to her father, Andy McCausland, who said she was teaching herself to speak Icelandic.

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