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Appalling scene at the Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade in Stillwater, where a day full of celebration turned into death and anguish. On Saturday morning, a woman suspected of drunken driving slammed her car into a crowd, killing three people and injuring 34 others. OSU graduate student Paul Sims who witnessed the horrendous event said, “I can’t describe it any more clearly than this: People flying in the air.” Another witness, Konda Walker, a 1991 OSU alum, painted the grisly scene, “At first we thought it was part of the show. People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.” Witnesses say the car barreled into a police motorcycle first and then into the crowd at a high rate of speed. “I think the car was going between 45 and 50 MPH, and it just barreled into everybody that was there,” witness Megan Lantz told The Oklahoman. “I had my six children with me, but I am first aid certified, so I passed them on to my mother and ran in to help. Everyone was helping as much as they could.” Eight of the injured were airlifted to hospitals with critical injuries, seven others suffered serious injuries, and seven more were hurt less seriously, Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said.
Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected. — Oklahoma State Univ. (@okstate) October 24, 2015
“The Oklahoma State homecoming parade is probably one of the most wholesome, happy events… and to have it fouled like this is just a terrible tragedy,” OSU President V. Burns Hargis said. The horrendous tragedy happened approximately at 10:30 a.m., four hours before the school’s homecoming event that included nationally ranked OSU’s football game against the University of Kansas at Stillwater’s Boone Pickens Stadium. After careful deliberation, officials decided to play the football game. Flags did fly at half mast.
#okstate bps flag at half mass @NewsOK pic.twitter.com/ksGKyBQ1rz
— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) October 24, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe driver is Adacia Avery Chambers, a 25-year-old resident of Stillwater. She was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving at the bloody scene.
The suspect in today’s incident in Stillwater, Adacia Chambers, has been booked into the Payne Co jail @NEWS9 pic.twitter.com/n5yzYX5Jqp — Cody McDonell (@CTMcDonell) October 24, 2015
Here she is, Adacia Chambers, the girl who drove through the OSU homecoming parade, killing 3 and injuring many more pic.twitter.com/jRRSxGhgEV
— Caleb Barkocy (@c_barkocy) October 24, 2015
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsOur thoughts are with the friends and families of the victims as well as everyone affected at Oklahoma State University.
Accident mars homecoming parade at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/me14JGDrSw
— WILLIAM CRUM (@WILLIAMCRUM) October 24, 2015