Lawyer Questions Mental Health of Supsect in Oklahoma Crash


Oklahoma State students Kelly Cooke, right, and Rebecca Buchanan review messages on a commemorative in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, nearby where a automobile crashed into spectators during a Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, murdering 4 people.

Oklahoma State students Kelly Cooke, right, and Rebecca Buchanan review messages on a commemorative in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, nearby where a automobile crashed into spectators during a Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, murdering 4 people.


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Tamara Audi And

Miguel Bustillo

Oct. 25, 2015 7:34 p.m. ET


Adacia Chambers spent a night before Saturday’s Oklahoma State University homecoming march strolling a neighborhoods with her mom and her aunt admiring houses flashy for a occasion, a tradition famous as a “Walkaround.”

Her lawyer, Tony Coleman of a Coleman Law Firm of Oklahoma City, pronounced she had difficulty sleeping that night, though on Saturday morning, she got adult for work during Freddy’s Frozen Custard. Ms. Chambers left work shortly after she arrived. After that, events are hazy, Mr. Coleman said. Around 10:30 a.m., she allegedly plowed her automobile into a dilemma packaged with parade-goers. Four, including a 2-year-old boy, were killed. Forty-six people were injured.

Ms. Chambers was arrested on a assign of pushing underneath a influence, though Mr. Coleman pronounced Sunday that he doesn’t trust she was drunk.

After assembly with her Saturday, Mr. Coleman pronounced he believes she “suffers from mental illness.”

Ms. Chambers isn’t a drinker and wasn’t famous to take drugs though has shown signs of mental instability over a years, her counsel said. “There were warning signs,” he said.

Ms. Chambers mostly went days though sleeping, he said. Her beloved told him that Ms. Chambers was diagnosed with diabetes though wasn’t being treated for it.

Family members pronounced she hadn’t been celebration a day or night before, during a Walkaround. On a morning of a crash, she went to work, afterwards left early. After that, events are unclear, Mr. Coleman said.

Ms. Chambers usually remembers a finish of a crash, he said. “There’s a really really dim area there that’s tough for her to recall,” her counsel said.

“There was a duration there, for miss of improved terms, she could have blacked out,” Mr. Coleman said. She told him that she usually “remembers a finish of a crash, people stealing her from a car,” shards of potion and “being intensely confused.”

On Sunday, law coercion officials pronounced they motionless to reason Ms. Chambers on 4 depends of second-degree murder. Each count carries a probable judgment of 10 years to life imprisonment, if she is convicted. Ms. Chambers was changed to a Payne County Jail on Sunday, where she will be hold until her initial justice coming scheduled for Monday, Stillwater military said.

Ms. Chambers’s father, Floyd Chambers, told The Oklahoman journal that he was repelled to learn, by amicable media, of his daughter’s detain in a incident.

“I can’t figure this out,” Mr. Chambers told a paper. “This is not a chairman that’s my daughter…I can’t suppose ethanol being involved…This is only not who she is.”

Meanwhile, 17 people remained hospitalized Sunday, including 5 adults listed in vicious condition.

Jeffrey Bender, a mishap surgeon during OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, pronounced 3 adults came in with “major ascendancy and vascular and conduct injuries.” The sanatorium still has 8 patients from a crash, including a 3 in vicious condition.

One of those listed as vicious was 60-year-old Leo Schmitz. His adult stepson, Mark McNitt, pronounced Sunday that Mr. Schmitz seemed to be improving.

The stage was like “some form of bombing,” Mr. McNitt said, still wearing his OSU sweatshirt from Saturday since a family hadn’t had time to change clothes. Mr. Schmitz’s mother and other family members were harmed lightly, he said. An unmanned military motorcycle that a motorist strike initial before plowing into a throng “may have saved us.”

The village began to weep as sum about a upheld emerged.

The youngest plant was a toddler son of OSU tyro and worker Nicolette Strauch. She is “devastated by a detriment of her 2-year-old son Nash,” pronounced OSU President Burns Hargis.

Ms. Strauch, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, was recuperating from injuries she postulated in a crash.

Also among a upheld were late professor, Marvin Stone, and his wife, Bonnie Stone, who had worked for a university for 33 years in investigate and information government and was described by OSU officials as “unselfish and dedicated.”

Dr. Stone late in 2006 after 24 years as a highbrow in a school’s dialect of biosystems and rural engineering. He and his mother remained active in a OSU community.

Dr. Stone won a university’s top expertise endowment and was progressing this year respected for innovations in his margin during a U.S. congressional accepting in Washington, D.C.

“Marvin and Bonnie Stone were dedicated OSU employees who will be missed by their many OSU friends,” Mr. Hargis, a university president, pronounced Sunday.

A 23-year-old M.B.A. tyro from Mumbai, India, was also killed in a crash. She was identified as Nikita Nakal by officials during a University of Central Oklahoma, where she was studying.

“Our students come to Central with their singular goals, hopes and dreams, and Nikita was positively no different,” University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz said. “While we weep a intensity unrealized, let us also respect her life by pulling closer.”

The occurrence occurred in Stillwater on Saturday morning, when a automobile roving during high speed struck a parked military motorcycle and slammed by a throng of people examination a march during a intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue, hurling some spectators into a air, authorities said.

“We are sad by this tragedy,” Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble pronounced in a news discussion Saturday. “Our thoughts and prayers are with a families of those that died and were injured.”

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