Oklahoma woman charged with killing four people with car to appear in court

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Driver who plowed into Oklahoma State University parade has history of mental illness, took ‘cocktail of medications’: attorney.

A young Oklahoma woman will make her first court appearance Monday after being charged with killing four people and injuring dozens of others by driving her car into a crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday.

Coleman reiterated his case on “Today” Monday morning, saying Chambers “was hospitalized and perhaps evaluated” for an unknown mental illness sometime in the past few years. Adacia Chambers was initially arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after the crash Saturday morning in Stillwater that also injured dozens of people. He also said she was taking “a cocktail of medications” to help her illness, but discontinued for reasons unclear and was not medicated at the time of the crash.

I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but I can tell you she’s suffering from mental illness,” Coleman said. “All I remember was a gush of wind and then the sound,” Mark McNitt said at a news conference, recalling when the vehicle jumped the curb, mowing down dozens of men, women and children. Coleman’s claims corroborate with statements from some witnesses of the Saturday morning crash, who said Chambers, 25, appeared “distraught,” not drunk, after the massive crash.

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. In a statement on Sunday, police identified the three adults who were killed as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Bonnie Jean Stone, 65; and Marvin Lyle Stone, 65, both of Stillwater. Under Oklahoma law, second-degree murder charges are warranted when someone conducts an act that’s “imminently dangerous to another person” but does so without premeditation. She has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder, one for each of the people who died in the crash: A married couple, an MBA student and a 2-year-old boy.

Prabhakar, originally from Mumbai, India, was a graduate business student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, the school said, identifying her as Nikita Nakal. The Leviathan II, a whale watching tour boat, capsized Sunday off the coast of British Columbia, killing at least five people out the boat’s 27 passengers. Searchers combed coastal waters scattered with treacherous rocks and reefs for one missing passenger after Tofino’s largest ship, a vessel with Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centres, made a 4 p.m. emergency call to the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria based in Tofino. A fishing guide who volunteered to recover debris from the water said only the boat’s bow — bearing its Leviathan II title — was visible from the water.

Rescue boats lined a dock in Tofino as first responders helped what appeared to be survivors step onto the pier, according to photos from another charter company. “Their looks tell the whole story,” Campbell told the Associated Press. “You can’t describe looks on people that are lost. Marvin Stone was a retired professor of agricultural engineering, who had been popular with students, a colleague said. “He was loved by students and one of the best teachers we had,” said Ron Elliott, the former head of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at OSU. “He just really had a gift for connecting with students and helping them learn,” Elliott said in a telephone interview.

At the corner of the intersection where the suspect’s car came to a stop, a makeshift memorial grew Sunday with balloons, flowers, stuffed teddy bears and candles with black and orange ribbons tied around them, for the school’s colors.

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