In an Okahoma court today, Adacia Chambers was accused of “purposefully” causing the Stillwater homecoming parade crash that killed four people and injured many more. Although the lawyer for Chambers suggested that mental illness or diabetes might be an issue, the prosecutors claimed the Oklahoma parade crash was an “intentional act,” not an accident. Chambers had not entered a not guilty or guilt plea, and the judge authorized a psychological evaluation of the Stillwater woman.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, videos of the Oklahoma homecoming parade crash show that Adacia Chambers did not brake as she ran into the crowds. Three adults were killed in the car crash, in addition to a 2-year-old boy. The City of Stillwater has named the victims as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, from Edmond, Oklahoma; along with Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65, from Stillwater.
Chambers’ father, Floyd Chambers, said he doubted that his daughter was driving drunk, and claimed she would not have purposefully tried to hurt anyone.
“Everyone across the country is talking about it,” said Mr. Chambers. “I can’t figure this out. This is not the person that’s my daughter… I can’t imagine alcohol being involved. She is not an alcoholic that I’m aware of. This is just not who she is. They’re going to paint her into a horrible person but this is not (her).”
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Tony Coleman, Chambers’ lawyer, has discussed the possibility of a mental illness, and the father also points out that Adacia often went days without sleeping. The attorney believes she was not drunk driving based upon meeting the woman in person several hours after the Stillwater parade crash.
“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,” he said.
During this interview, Chambers also told the laremembers wyer that she only “the end” of the Stillwater homecoming parade, not the actual crash or how she got there. She also did not react when she was told that people died.
“There’s a very very dark area there that’s hard for her to recall,” her lawyer said. “There was a period there, for lack of better terms, she could have blacked out.”
The lawyer has speculated that Adacia Chambers’ diabetes could have experienced hypoglycemia, or a sudden case of low blood sugar, which can cause a driver to experience confusion, delayed reaction, visual disturbances or even loss of consciousness. According to NBC, Floyd Chambers also says his daughter has been hospitalized in 2013 for mental issues, and he admits, “She might have underlying problems that I wasn’t fully aware of.”
Adacia had even recently called to say she wanted to move back into her parent’s home.
“I thought that was kind of strange, but I don’t know. She was very good about hiding her problems because she didn’t want the family to worry about her, and she kept to herself about things like that,” Mr. Chambers said, according to KOMO.
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Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas said in a statement that the Stillwater parade crash suspect demonstrated “a depraved mind and indifference to human life.” Adacia also admitted to investigators that she had a history of suicide attempts. She also felt suicidal during the time frame of the Oklahoma homecoming parade.
“The evidence suggests this was an intentional act, not an accident,” said Thomas. “This was a well-known parade day and route and these innocents were visible from a substantial distance.”
It is alleged that Adacia Chambers’ guilt is based upon the fact that she needed to drive around a barrier, run a a red light, and hit a police motorcycle before reaching the crowds. But her family does not think their conclusion is valid.
“I know the little girl I raised wouldn’t have done something like this intentionally,” Mr. Chambers said. “I raised my kids to be Christian people and to keep family and God close to their heart.”
Adacia Chambers’ charges have yet to be officially filed. It is possible one of the injured may die, so the number of second-degree murder charges may be upgraded. The judge has scheduled the next hearing for November 13. The police are still awaiting the blood test results to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.
[Image via Stillwater Police Department]