Oklahoma State Homecoming shattered as car kills 4 spectators, including 2 …

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4 dead after car slams through crowd at OSU homecoming parade.

A woman police say was driving while intoxicated plowed her sedan into a crowd attending the Oklahoma State University’s Sea of Orange homecoming parade Saturday morning.

The Stillwater police department did not provide the name of a two-year-old boy who also died, but did say 11 of the nearly four-dozen people who were injured were children. The city of Stillwater named the deceased as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, from Edmond, Okla.; and Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65, from Stillwater.

The youngest victim was a 1-year-old listed in good condition at a local hospital; the oldest, a 66-year-old woman who was treated for injuries and released. The homecoming game against Kansas was played as scheduled, players bowing their heads in prayer as the American flag fluttered at half-staff in Boone Pickens Stadium under orders from Gov.

The White House said Saturday the proliferation of testing in the United States — a problem the administration acknowledged it has played a role in — has taken away too much valuable time that could be better spent on learning, teaching and fostering creativity in schools. Madison Atwell, 7, of Skiatook, was also struck in the car’s path while watching the parade with her aunt, Kayleigh Atwell, 20, and grandmother, Debbie Atwell, 55. “She was supposed to get to go to her first OSU football game today,” the mother wrote. “Instead she took her first helicopter ride as she was life flighted from the homecoming parade in Stillwater to OKC.” Authorities led the driver Adacia Chambers, 25, away from the crash site in handcuffs shortly after the tragic collision. On Saturday, lawn chairs, blankets and water bottles were strewn in the street and bodies remained at the scene as State University fans walked past the intersection where the crash occurred. “You look at the carnage alone. [Someone] had a little baby stroller crushed up. She was booked on a driving while under the influence charge at Payne County Jail, and additional charges may await when she appears in court Monday. It’s disgusting,” said Dan Whitmire, who was visiting his daughter from Dallas and had planned to attend Saturday’s game – which was held anyway – but changed his mind after the crash.

Maureen O’Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim How Green Was My Valley to the uplifting Miracle on 34th Street and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films, died Saturday at age 95. A pep rally before the game was canceled, said Noble, who was the parade’s grand marshal. “Our hearts and prayers go out with those who lost loved ones today, to those that were injured in the tragedy,” Fallin said during a halftime news conference.

On Saturday night, officials from Oklahoma University Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City said the two-year-old boy was one of eight patients brought there, and that four children and three adults remained hospitalised in conditions ranging from good to critical. “At first we thought it was part of the show,” Walker told the Stillwater News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.” The suspect’s father, Floyd Chambers, 47, told the Oklahoman newspaper on Saturday that he learned about the accident through social media and was stunned. “I can’t figure this out. 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. “We’ve never seen anything like this. We are definitely subdued in mood and we’re still trying to understand.” As the game played on just two blocks away, the intersection of Hall of Fame and Main streets remained blocked by law enforcement vehicles and yellow tape. The mangled silver Hyundai sedan remained where it had stopped, with its two front tires popped over the curb on the southwest corner of the intersection.

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