Eleven children injured in Oklahoma crash, one toddler dead

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 25, 2015 11:21 AM

By Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton

STILLWATER, Okla. (Reuters) - Eleven of the nearly four dozen people injured when a car careened into a crowd watching a Oklahoma State University homecoming parade this weekend were children, police said on Sunday, in addition to a toddler who died of his injuries.

In total, four people were killed when a gray Hyundai Elantra with a suspected drunk driver plowed into the throng in Stillwater, some 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Three adults - identified in a police statement on Sunday as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Bonnie Jean Stone, 65; and Marvin Lyle Stone, 65, both of Stillwater - were pronounced dead at the scene. A two-year-old boy, who was not identified, died later on Saturday.

It was not immediately clear whether Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone were related, and Stillwater Police could not be reached immediately for further comment.

Witnesses told of bodies being flung dozens of feet into the air as the car barreled into the festive throng at the intersection of Main Street and Hall of Fame Avenue to watch an annual parade before an OSU football game.

The driver, identified as 25-year-old Adacia Avery Chambers, was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol, said Captain Kyle Gibbs of the Stillwater Police. Police are awaiting results of a blood test administered to the suspect after the crash.

Chambers is likely to make her initial appearance in Payne County District Court on Monday, the police statement said.

Police also listed the names and ages of the 36 adults injured in the incident, and said the 11 injured children ranged in age from 1 to 13, but withheld their names.

Of the 47 people hurt, five adults were listed in critical condition and four children were described as "fair." Among the rest of the victims, eight remained hospitalized and the others were treated and released.

Authorities have not released any more information about Chambers, except that she lived in Stillwater. Gibbs said she did not appear to be an OSU student.

The suspect's father, Floyd Chambers, 47, told the Oklahoman in a phone interview on Saturday that he learned about the accident through social media and was stunned.

"I can't figure this out. This is not the person that's my daughter. ... I can't imagine alcohol being involved. She is not an alcoholic that I'm aware of," Chambers said, adding that he would pray for the families and friends of the victims.

Hours after the crash, the car was still resting, crumpled, against a lamppost on Main street, the intersection littered with clothes, blankets, lawn chairs and water bottles belonging to the victims. Streets were blocked off and secured by members of the National Guard.Despite the accident, Oklahoma State University decided against canceling the football game. Some 25,000 students attend the university.

(Writing by Frank McGurty; editing by Clelia Oziel)