Fast Food Worker Causes Four Deaths Crashing Into OSU Homecoming Parade

As people excitedly gathered to watch the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma they were met with a car plowing into the crowd. Driver Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested and charged with driving her Hyundai Elantra under the influence.

She had just left her job at Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers 30 minutes before, and a witness said she looked like she was crying. The fatal crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. Four were declared dead including retired OSU professor Marvin Stone and his wife Bonnie, MBA student Nikita Prabhakar, and two-year-old Nash Lucas. There was also a total of 46 people wounded. UCO's president Don Betz said, “Our students come to Central with their unique goals, hopes and dreams, and Nikita was undoubtedly no different.”

Grainy footage shows the moment Chambers' car skids into the crowds lining the street, dragging wreckage along behind it. Witnesses saw Chambers's Hyundai Elantra was driving up to 50mph before running into a parked police motorcycle and then hitting spectators.

OSU alum and witness Larry Williams said, “People flew in all different directions and then the car proceeded on through the intersection and hit the southwest corner of the intersection.” According to Stillwater Police, the remaining critically injured are Sherry Bates, 40, Kelly Murphy, 41, Diana Rodriguez, 37, Leo Schmitz, 60, and Mary Annette Turner, 61.

Captain Kyle Gibbs told reporters that the critically injured spectators were airlifted to Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Parents of the injured posted touching messages on social media.

Adacia's father, Floyd Chambers, said, “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. This is just not who she is. They’re going to paint her into a horrible person but this is not (her). My heart goes out to those people and all of them who are injured. It’s just a bad thing. I know this isn’t something that she would have done deliberately I know that she’s not that person.”

Justin DeNoya, 36, told the Stillwater News Press that he had seen Chambers leave her workplace, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 30 minutes before the crash and she was crying.

University officials said: “The Oklahoma State University Homecoming parade is the most wholesome of events and to have it marred in such a way is incomprehensible.”

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said there had been a discussion about canceling the homecoming game Saturday afternoon against Kansas, but it was played as scheduled. A moment of silence was held for the victims.

According to officials, Chambers's car came south on Main Street and hit the end of the parade route.

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