Family of OSU Parade Crash Suspect Adacia Chamber Speaks as Bond Set at $1 Million

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Driver who plowed into Oklahoma State University parade gets $1 million bond as mental state is scrutinized.

The woman who crashed into a crowd at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens more, was held on $1 million bond Monday — as her father acknowledged that “she might have underlying [mental health] problems.” Adacia Chambers, 25, was held on suspicion of second-degree murder and a count of driving under the influence after she plowed her car into spectators at the Stillwater event Saturday.Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas said Monday that the evidence suggests that the deaths of four people during Saturday’s parade were “an intentional act.” She says Adacia Chambers drove around a barricade and ran a red light before hitting parade-goers and that she would have been able to see the crowd from far away. Prosecutors asked for more time to interview the dozens of witnesses who were at the scene and said one of the people injured is in a “fragile” state, which could lead to more charges. The father, aunt and boyfriend of 25-year-old Adacia (uh-DAY-shuh) Chambers appeared outside the Payne County Courthouse on Monday shortly before Chambers’ first appearance via video in court.

In Oklahoma, second-degree murder charges are warranted when someone acts in a way that’s “imminently dangerous to another person” but does so without premeditation. Chambers “was hospitalized and perhaps evaluated” for an unknown illness sometime in the past few years, attorney Tony Coleman said on “Today” Monday morning. Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, has yet to be formally charged — an additional step that requires prosecutors to file documents in Payne County District Court.

She took “a cocktail of medications” to help her illness, but discontinued for reasons unknown, and was not medicated or drunk at the time of the crash, he said Witnesses said Chambers was fired from her part-time job at Stillwater’s Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers about half an hour before the crash, and appeared shaken from the ouster. He said he believes she is mentally ill and said she was hospitalized two years ago for an undisclosed mental illness. “Their thoughts and their prayers seem to be more-so focused on the victims and the family members of the victims of this horrible incident, and that’s something that they wanted to make sure was communicated over and over again,” Coleman said.

One of her professors, Donna Carlon, says Nakal had received her bachelor’s of commerce degree from the University of Mumbai in India, where she was from. 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,” Chambers said, fighting back tears. “I would like them (the public) not to think so badly of her, because that’s not just who she was. That’s not who I raised,” he said. “And when we get all the test results back, we’ll know.” Her aunt, Lynda Branstetter, said Chambers told her that she had recently quit a second job because her other job at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers had asked her to pick up more hours. Authorities have identified the child killed in the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash as 2-year-old Nash Lucas, whose mother is a sophomore at the school.

This is not her character,” Branstetter said tearfully. “She’s one that’ll give you a big hug and she’s one if you’re down, she’ll make you smile. Stillwater police identified the three adult victims Sunday as 23-year-old Nikita Nakal and a married couple, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, who were both 65.

That’s my Adacia.” Gaylord said he never saw Chambers take any drugs — either prescription or illegal — and that the last time they drank alcohol was a few weeks ago, when they each had one beer on his birthday. “As far as for her to purposefully go and do something, that would just not be possible. … Oklahoma State says Nash’s mother, 20-year-old Nicolette Strauch, is majoring in chemical engineering and also works at the school’s parking and transit department.

Gibbs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday that authorities haven’t seen signs of mental illness in Chambers, though she has made no statements to investigators so far.

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