STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) A woman accused of running a red light and purposely driving around a barricade and over a police motorcycle before crashing into spectators at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade was formally charged Wednesday with four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of felony assault.
Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas filed formal charges against 25-year-old Adacia Chambers of Stillwater. Each murder count is punishable by at least 10 years in prison.
Chambers has remained jailed in Stillwater on $1 million bond since the Oct. 24 crash that left four people dead and at least 46 others hurt, including many children. A judge also has ordered a psychological evaluation for Chambers.
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.
A telephone message left Wednesday with Chambers’ attorney, Tony Coleman, wasn’t immediately returned.
Coleman has previously said that when he told Chambers about the deaths, “her face was blank.” He said that he was not sure Chambers was aware that she was in jail.
Chambers’ father, Floyd Chambers, has said previously that his daughter had received inpatient mental health treatment several years ago, but that nothing seemed amiss recently, except that his daughter had recently called and said she wanted to move back home.
The crash killed three adults and a 2-year-old boy, Nash Lucas. The adults were identified as Nikita Nakal, a 23-year-old MBA student from India at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and a married couple, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65, of Stillwater.
The city of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University held a community-wide memorial service Tuesday at Gallagher-Iba Arena to honor those killed and celebrate the lives of those who were saved and the first responders. A brief benefit concert followed the memorial.