STILLWATER, Okla.—A 25-year-old woman accused of driving her car into a crowd of spectators at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade was scheduled to appear in court today, two days after she allegedly struck the victims with such force that their bodies went flying into the air.
After the crash, Adacia Chambers initially was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
But late yesterday, police said she also was being held on four counts of second-degree murder.
“Essentially, you have someone driving under the influence and they end up killing four persons. That’s the reason for that homicide charge,” Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” earlier today.
Saturday’s crash also injured dozens of people.
Seventeen of them remained hospitalized, including five in critical condition, Gibbs said.
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.
Each count is punishable by at least 10 years in prison.
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 this morning that Chambers had “no real response whatsoever” when he told her that four people died as a result of Saturday’s crash, including a two-year-old boy.
He said he believes she is mentally ill, noting she was hospitalized two years ago for an undisclosed mental illness.
Coleman said Chambers’ family is “absolutely devastated” by the crash.
Yesterday, Coleman said there was no indication that Chambers had been drinking before the crash.
Police are awaiting blood tests to determine whether she was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Coleman 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.
“She could have even blacked out,” Coleman noted.
Three adults and a two-year-old boy were killed and at least 46 other people hurt, including many children.