On Saturday, October 24, a woman driving under the influence collided into the Homecoming Parade at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Three people are dead, and 22 are injured.
According to USA Today, the crash happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Since then, the driver, 25 year old Adacia Chambers has been “arrested and detained on suspicion of driving under the influence.” She is currently being held in a detox unit.
At a press conference, OSU president Burns Hargis told the media, “Tragically we lost three. I hope we don’t lose anymore,” alluding to the eight critically injured bystanders among those currently being treated.
Stillwater Police Captain Kyle Gibbs told USA Today that “Chambers drove her silver Hyundai Elantra through several barriers and hit a parked police motorcycle before careening into the crowd.” Her car had not been involved in the parade.
Witnesses at the scene describe pandemonium the moment the car crashed into bystanders. OSU graduate student Paul Sims tells CNN, “I can’t describe it any more clearly than this: People flying in the air.”
In spite of this tragedy, the Homecoming game against the University of Kansas began at its scheduled time, “players bowing their heads in prayer as the American flag fluttered at half staff in Boone Pickens under orders from Gov. Mary Fallin.”
Said Hargis to CNN, “We’re going to play, and we’re going to remember the victims, and we’re going to move forward. But we will remember what’s happened today.”
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