OSU Crash Suspect Adacia Chambers to Make Court Appearance

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A look at those killed in Oklahoma homecoming parade crash.

A judge has an ordered a psychological evaluation for an Oklahoma woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens.STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Those killed in Saturday’s deadly crash during Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade include a husband and wife with long ties to the university, the 2-year-old son of an OSU student, and a student from India who was working on her master’s degree at a university in Edmond. Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas also set bond at $1 million for Adacia Chambers, who is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder as prosecutors consider formal charges. Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, allegedly drove a gray Hyundai Elantra into a crowd watching Saturday’s parade in Stillwater, about 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Stone earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University before earning a doctorate from Washington State University in 1982. “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.” Stone’s wife Bonnie, who was also 65, worked in OSU’s Institutional Research and Information Management division and had been with the school for more than 33 years. “Marvin and Bonnie Stone were dedicated OSU employees who will be missed by their many OSU friends,” university President Burns Hargis said in a statement. Nikita Nakal, a 23-year-old student from Mumbai, India, was getting an MBA at the University of Central Oklahoma and was at the homecoming parade with some friends. Police were still awaiting results of a blood test administered to Chambers after the crash. “I don’t believe right now that she was intoxicated,” Coleman told the newspaper. “I have deep concerns about her competency at this point. Strauch works in the university’s parking and transit department, where her colleagues set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to pay for her medical bills and her son’s funeral services.

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, of Stillwater, has yet to be formally charged — an additional step that requires prosecutors to file documents in Payne County District Court. Her attorney, Tony Coleman, told NBC’s “Today” show Monday that Chambers had “no real response whatsoever” when he told her that four people died as a result of Saturday’s crash. 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. He said Chambers was at work before the crash and that she does not remember much of what happened, only that she felt confused as she was removed from the car.

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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