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Homecoming Crash Adds to Oklahoma State University’s List of Tragedies.

Twenty-three-year-old Nikita Nakal was struck by a car and killed as she attended the homecoming parade with friends. STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman accused of driving her car into a crowd of spectators at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people, is scheduled to appear in court Monday, two days after the crash.Four years after losing two basketball coaches in a plane crash, and 14 years after a plane crash killed two basketball players and several staff members, the campus is facing perhaps its most difficult test — the deaths of four people after a driver plowed into the university’s homecoming parade.

On Jan. 27, 2001, members of the OSU men’s basketball program and local media were returning from a game in Colorado when their plane slammed into a pasture, killing all the passengers and pilots. 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.

But late Sunday, police said she was also being held on four counts of second-degree murder. “Essentially you have someone driving under the influence and they end up killing four persons. 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. 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.

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. 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. Chambers, 25, 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 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.

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. He retired in 2006 and founded the Marvin and Bonnie Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund with his wife the following year. (Additional reporting by Laila Kearney in New York and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Christian Plumb) 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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