Woman faces second-degree murder charges in deadly Oklahoma homecoming crash

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Driver in Okla. parade crash faces murder charges.

Stillwater, Oklahoma – 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. 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.

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. Police are awaiting blood tests to determine if she was impaired by drugs or alcohol. ‘‘I absolutely can rule out alcohol,’’ Coleman said in Oklahoma City, adding that he had spoken to her aunt, grandmother, and boyfriend and all had said she was not drinking. Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas earlier on Sunday told The Oklahoman that Chambers would likely be charged with driving under the influence of drugs. He added it was his opinion that she suffers from a mental illness and said there were warning signs from her behavior before the crash, including an inability to sleep. ‘‘She doesn’t remember a whole lot about what happened.

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 said Chambers’ behavior when he spoke to her “was not consistent with someone coming out of an alcoholic stupor.” He said family members who were with her late Friday did not see her consume any alcohol. Three adults and a 2-year-old boy, who wasn’t immediately identified, were killed and at least 46 others were hurt, including at least four critically injured. 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. He described her as “timid” and said she had attended homecoming festivities Friday night with family, but her boyfriend told him she was home by 10 p.m. The homecoming game against Kansas was played as scheduled, players bowing their heads in prayer as the American flag fluttered at half-staff in Boone Pickens Stadium under orders from Gov. We are definitely subdued in mood and we’re still trying to understand.” Oklahoma State’s homecoming famously attracts huge crowds to Stillwater each year.

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