Woman faces 2nd-degree murder charges in Oklahoma crash

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An Oklahoma woman was charged on Sunday with four counts of second-degree murder a day after she allegedly crashed the car she was driving into a crowd at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, police said.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. 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.

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. Tony Coleman, Chambers’ attorney, said at a news conference in Oklahoma City that he believed his client suffers from a mental illness and that there was no indication that she was drinking before the crash. But Stillwater Police Captain Kyle Gibbs told ABC’s Good Morning America that authorities haven’t seen signs of mental illness in Chambers, though she has made no statements to investigators so far.

Chambers’ father, Floyd Chambers of Oologah, told The Oklahoman newspaper Saturday he couldn’t believe his daughter was involved and said she was not an alcoholic. 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.

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. 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)

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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