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26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

4 dead after car smashes into US parade crowd.

Police have revealed the identities of the three adults killed and dozens more injured when a woman plowed her car into the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crowd on Saturday, sending some spectators flying through the air and children’s shoes strewn around the site. Police arrested the driver, 25-year-old Adacia Chambers, on a DUI charge and are awaiting blood test results to determine if she was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

They had previously indicated that eight of the injured were in critical condition. “Oklahoma State University is devastated by today’s tragedy and extends its thoughts and prayers to the families of those who perished or were injured,” OSU president Burns Hargis said in a statement. “We are shocked and heartbroken by this horrible tragedy. After seeing the crash and surveying the street still strewn with lawn chairs, blankets and water bottles Saturday afternoon, Dan Whitmore said he had changed his mind about attending the homecoming game. “You look at the carnage alone. (Someone) had a little baby stroller crushed up.

Police Captain Kyle Gibbs told reporters that an accident reconstruction team was sent to the scene and that the probe into what happened would be treated as a homicide investigation. Governor Mary Fallin, using the hashtag “OklahomaStrong,” announced on Twitter that she was headed to Stillwater and that multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in determining what led to the incident. Many US colleges and universities hold homecoming festivities, annual celebrations for past and current students, and News On 6 reported that OSU’s are believed to be among the largest in the country, with tens of thousands taking part every year. Kyle Gibbs said 23-year-old Nakita Prabhakar Nakal, a student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond was killed in the crash, along with Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65 and of Stillwater.

Chambers’ Hyundai Elantra struck an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then went into the crowd, according to Gibbs. Gibbs said investigators are going through four to five dozen witness statements and may approach the district attorney Monday to discuss formal charges. Chambers’ father, Floyd Chambers of Oologah, told The Oklahoman newspaper he couldn’t believe his daughter was involved and said she was not an alcoholic. And Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four killed in a plane crash in Arkansas in 2011 while on a recruiting trip. “The families, I know, and these victims will never be able to understand this, nor will we,” Hargis said. “But the Cowboy family pulls together.

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