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Vigil at Oklahoma State honors victims of crash

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The latest on the fatal crash at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Hundreds of people have gathered for a vigil at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to honor those killed and injured when a car crashed into a crowd during the college’s homecoming parade.

Attendees met Sunday night near the student union. Tulsa TV station KOKI reports student attendees said they wanted to send a message of support to the victims and others affected.

A car plowed into a crowd Saturday, sending some spectators flying through the air. Four people, including a 2-year-old boy, died of injuries sustained in the crash. At least 46 others were hurt.

Twenty-five-year-old Adacia Chambers of Stillwater was arrested on a driving while under the influence charge, and police said Sunday she was being held on four additional counts of second-degree murder.

Police say Chambers is in custody at the Payne County jail and has an initial court hearing Monday.

Her attorney said at a press conference that he believes she suffers from a mental illness but doesn’t think she had been drinking.


6:30 p.m.

Oklahoma police say a 25-year-old woman arrested after a car crashed into a crowd at a parade and killed four people is now being held on four charges of second-degree murder.

Adacia Avery Chambers initially was held on a charge of driving while under the influence. But Stillwater, Oklahoma, police said late on Sunday that the second-degree murder charges were added.

Three adults were pronounced dead at the scene of the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade and a 2-year-old boy died later at a hospital from injuries. Dozens more were injured.

Chambers will have an initial court appearance on Monday, police say.


5 p.m.

An attorney representing the woman suspected of crashing her car into a crowd at a homecoming parade says he believes she suffers from a mental illness.

Tony Coleman, who is defending Adacia Chambers, says there is no indication that she had been drinking or taking drugs before police say she drove into spectators at the Oklahoma State University parade on Saturday morning.

The 25-year-old woman was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after the crash, which killed four people and left 47 injured. Police are awaiting results of toxicology tests.

Coleman says there were warning signs from her behavior before the crash, including an inability to sleep. He added: “In my opinion, Ms. Chambers suffers from a mental illness.”


3:35 p.m.

A relative of a man who was badly injured when a car crashed into a crowd at a parade said all he remembers is a sound and then his stepfather was no longer standing next to him.

Forty-nine-year-old Mark McNitt, says he was at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade with his wife, mother and stepfather, Leo Schmitz.

Occasionally emotional as he spoke to a press conference at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, McNitt said: “All I remember is a gush of wind and then the sound, and then Leo, who was standing next to me, wasn’t standing next to me.”

Leo Schmitz, 54, was listed by police earlier on Sunday as in critical condition at the OU hospital.

McNitt says his leg was slightly injured and his mother, Sharon Schmitz, also was slightly injured.

McNitt, a graduate of OSU who lives in Houston, described the scene as “a lot of chaos” after the crash.


12:10 p.m.

One of the victims killed when a car crashed into spectators at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade was a student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

UCO President Don Betz says in a statement that MBA student Nikita Prabhakar Nakal of Mumbai, India, is one of those who died when witnesses say a woman drove her car into the crowd.

Betz says Nakal’s unrealized potential will be mourned, but that her life should be honored. Betz also said plans are being made to honor Nakal.

He said UCO’s Center for Counseling and Well-Being is available for anyone who needs support or counseling.

Nakal was identified as Nakita Prabhakar by Stillwater police. A police spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking to explain the discrepancy.


11:30 a.m.

Police say five people who were badly injured when a car crashed into the crowd at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade remain in critical condition.

Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs says investigators are going through witness statements and may talk with the district attorney on Monday about potential charges against 25-year-old Adacia Chambers.

Chambers was arrested for driving under the influence after the crash that killed four people and injured 47 others. Gibbs says Chambers remains in the Stillwater City Jail and may make her first court appearance Monday afternoon.


7:50 a.m.

Police have released the identities of three adults who were killed when witnesses say a woman drove her car into spectators at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade.

The Stillwater Police Department did not provide the name of a 2-year-old boy also died in the crash Saturday morning.

In a news release early Sunday, Capt. Kyle Gibbs said 23-year-old Nakita Prabhakar of Edmond was killed in the crash. Gibbs says 65-year-old Bonnie Jean Stone and 65-year-old Marvin Lyle Stone, both of Stillwater, also were killed.

Gibbs says another 47 people were injured in the collision, including five who remained in critical condition early Sunday.

Twenty-five-year-old Adacia Chambers has been arrested on a DUI charge in the crash and is jailed. She is scheduled to appear Monday in Payne County District Court.

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