The suspect in the deaths of four at a homecoming parade for Oklahoma State University has been charged with four counts of second degree murder, according to Oklahoma City ABC affiliate KOCO-TV.
The station reports Adacia Chambers is being held on the murder complaints by the Stillwater, Oklahoma, police following an accident that left four dead and 46 injured in the small university town in north central Oklahoma. According to witnesses and video of the incident, the car Chambers is alleged to have been driving was driving at a high rate of speed.
“She was arrested after the crash that killed four people on suspicion of driving under the influence.”
“Authorities said the crash happened at 10:30 a.m. at Hall of Fame and Main Street.”
“Police identified the victims as Nakita Prabhaker, 23, of Edmond, Bonnie Stone, 65, of Stillwater, Marvin Stone, 65, of Stillwater and 2-year-old Nash Lucas, from Stillwater.”
Despite allegations that Chambers was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident, her attorney is asserting that she was mentally impaired at the time of the accident and not under the influence.
According to a report in USA Today, attorney Tony Coleman told a local newspaper Chambers suffers from “mental illness.”
“I don’t believe right now that she was intoxicated,” Coleman was quoted as saying. “I have deep concerns about her competency at this point. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I can tell you she’s suffering from mental illness.”
The Oklahoma State University parade crash is not the first tragedy to befall the university, according to USA Today. It quoted Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who recalled a plane crash in 2001 that took the life of Oklahoma State University basketball players, a play-by-play announcer, and others. Another plane crash in 2011 claimed the life of a coach.
“One thing I do know about Oklahoma people. They’re strong,” Fallin said. “They’re very compassionate. They believe in prayer. They believe in comforting people and helping during a time of crisis and need. We’ll get through this again. But certainly it’s a very painful experience for those of us here, and certainly for all Oklahomans.”
The Inquisitr earlier Sunday reported on the victims of Saturday’s Oklahoma State University parade crash. Among the victims was two-year-old Nash Lucas, who died of his injuries following the deadly collision. Other victims of the crash include 25-year-old business student Nikita Prabhakar of India, Marvin Stone, and Bonnie Stone. Marvin was reportedly a retired Oklahoma State University professor. He and his wife, Bonnie, were attending the parade when they were killed.
As for the attorney Tony Coleman’s assertion that Oklahoma State University parade crash suspect Adacia Chambers was not intoxicated, her father has expressed surprise of his daughter’s involvement in the accident, according to USA Today.
“Chambers’ father, Floyd Chambers of Oologah, told The Oklahoman he couldn’t believe his daughter was involved and said she was not an alcoholic. He described her as “timid” and said she had attended homecoming festivities Friday night with family, but her boyfriend told him she was home by 10 p.m.”
“‘This is just not who she is. They’re going to paint her into a horrible person but this is not (her),’ Floyd Chambers told the paper.”
The same USA Today report said bond conditions have yet to be determined, though charges of murder tend to result in high bonds.
Despite the tragedy unfolding in Stillwater, the Oklahoma State University Cowboys continued its winning streak, defeating Kansas by a score of 58-10, according to USA Today. It reports flags were flying at half-mast at the orders of Gov. Fallin, herself an alum of Oklahoma State University who was in attendance at Saturday’s game.
[Image via Stillwater Police Department Mugshot]