Woman Who Killed 4, Hurt 46 At OK Parade Mentally Ill, Not Drunk: Lawyer


The attorney for a woman accused in the crash at Oklahoma State University's homecoming that killed four people said his client was not intoxicated, the Tulsa World reports. Adacia Chambers, 25, initially was jailed on a complaint of driving under the influence. Now she is charged with four counts of second-degree murder. On Saturday, Chambers was driving a 2014 Hyundai Elantra and struck a crowd of spectators at OSU's homecoming parade. Three people were pronounced dead at the scene, and a 2-year-old boy died at a hospital. Forty-six others were injured, some critically.

Chambers' attorney, Toney Coleman of Oklahoma City, said he “can absolutely rule out” alcohol as the cause of the collision. Chambers did not show any of the usual signs of being drunk when Coleman spoke with her hours after the Saturday crash, like slurred speech or having an obvious odor, he said. “In my opinion, Ms. Chambers suffers from a mental illness,” Coleman said. “Exactly what type is yet to be determined.” What happened leading up to the crash remained unclear to Coleman. Chambers had spent time with her maternal grandmother and aunt the night before, and at no point had she ingested alcohol or drugs, Coleman said. Chambers went to work Saturday morning at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. At some point she left; Coleman said he thought she left on her own.

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