OSU Homecoming Tragedy

Read: Statements from Mayor Gina Noble and Stillwater City Council concerning the OSU Homecoming Parade tragedy

Read: Sheerar Museum, OSU Library, OKC Memorial to begin preserving parade memorial items Thursday

Read: OSU, City of Stillwater announce plans for community memorial service

Read: Survivors invited to Stillwater community-wide memorial

Read: City public officials thank Stillwater residents who helped during Oct. 24 crash


Instructions for media outlets:

  1. For updates regarding this incident go to stillwater.org
  2. Direct specific questions to PolicePIO@stillwater.org
  3. In email subject line use: OSU Homecoming Tragedy
  4. Questions will be answered and posted to stillwater.org at or before 3 p.m. daily

 

SPD Briefing on OSU Homecoming Tragedy for Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. from Captain Kyle Gibbs (policepio@stillwater.org)

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 28, 2015) –The Stillwater Police Department need your assistance with the following:

  • VICTIMS
    The SPD is requesting that any victims who have not been in contact with the police department or who are not listed on the victim list published Saturday evening please do so. Victims include any person struck by debris during Saturday’s Homecoming Parade collision. Our current known victim list includes persons who were transported from the scene by ambulance or helicopter. The current list also includes persons treated at the Stillwater Medical Center after going there by private vehicle. There may be persons who went elsewhere for treatment by private vehicle.
     
  • WITNESSES
    The police department is also still searching for any witnesses to this event. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Stillwater Police Department if they have not done so already. 
     
  • PHOTOs and VIDEO
    We are still searching for any photos or video taken immediately prior to, during or immediately after this collision. Photos and video are invaluable in the collision reconstruction. We have heard rumor of an unmanned drone flying in the area of the collision scene. That rumor may be false; however, if it exists, it too may link us to valuable footage. Please contact us if you have information regarding a drone in that area.

If you can assist with any of the aforementioned items please contact us at 405-372-4171 or PolicePIO@stillwater.org

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SPD Briefing on OSU Homecoming Tragedy for Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. from Captain Kyle Gibbs (policepio@stillwater.org)


Q1a. Did Chambers’ car have a black box inside?
 
A1a. Yes.  The black box you refer to is a Crash Data Recorder.
 
 
Q1b. If yes, does that help in the investigation? In what way?
 
A1b. Crash Data Recorders (CDR) from various manufacturers capture differing information.  In general, a CDR captures information like speed, braking, etc.  That data can be very helpful in a reconstruction investigation.
 
 
Q2. How many witnesses are investigators interviewing?

A2. As of this morning our list of potential witnesses exceeded 100 persons.
 
 
Q3. How long does it normally take for the results from the toxicology report to come back?
 
A3. Toxicology test times vary based on the OSBI lab workload and a number of priority factors.  I cannot state a “normal” time frame with any accuracy.  To do so, could place an unrealistic expectation on the OSBI lab.  I will say that we often work closely with the OSBI on cases and they are very responsive to the needs of our investigators and prosecutors in delivering needed test results for court proceedings.
 
 
Q4. I heard there was a possibility of a fifth victim might not survive. I'm wondering who that person is, and I'm also seeking condition updates on the following.
 
A4.  There have been no other deaths related to this incident.
We are not providing nor are we seeking frequent condition updates.  The hospitals treating our victims, as well as their families, have been inundated and, in fact burdened, with calls regarding condition updates.  As much as we are concerned on a very personal level regarding our friends’ and neighbors’ conditions as they recover, we are intentionally avoiding asking for updates so that we do not add to the burden.
 
 
Q5. Could you please confirm when the blood test was administered on Ms. Chambers?
 
A5. A blood test was administered to Ms. Chambers shortly after her arrest as prescribed by State Statute (47 O.S. 1-104)
 
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Instructions for media outlets:
 
For updates regarding this incident go to stillwater.org
Direct specific questions to PolicePIO@stillwater.org
In email subject line use: OSU Homecoming Tragedy
Questions will be answered and posted to stillwater.org at or before 3 p.m. daily


 

Updated 10-26-15 at 6 p.m.

Link to a statement from the Payne District Attorney’s Office concerning charging Adacia Chambers with four counts of second degree homicides. (.pdf).



 

SPD Briefing on OSU Homecoming Tragedy for Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. from Captain Kyle Gibbs (policepio@stillwater.org)
 

Q 1.  Any truth to whether Chambers was asked to leave her job before the crash because the manager believed she had showed up to work drunk?

A1: These rumors along with Chambers's other activity in the minutes/hours leading up to the incident are being explored as part of the investigation. Any information obtained will most likely be reserved for the case file and not release without the prosecutor’s permission.

 

Q2 . What are investigators focusing on today?

A2: This week will be consumed with primarily with contacting witnesses.

 

Q3. Did Ms. Chambers take a breathalyzer test following the incident?

A3: No.

 

Q4. Is there an incident report, or any document outlining what happened?

A4: Copies of incident reports can normally be obtained by submitting an Open Records Request to our Records Unit.  All Open record releases must be approved by the City Attorney and the District Attorney where appropriate.  This case an on-going investigation and the City Attorney has declined to release copies of the offense report at this time.  Copies of the Probable Cause Affidavit

May be obtained from the Payne County Court clerks office.

 

Q5a. Was there blood drawn from Ms. Chambers for a toxicology report?

Q5a: Yes. Oklahoma law mandates a blood test to test for the presence of intoxicants in the bodies of drivers involved in collisions involving fatalities or serious physical injuries.


Q5b. If yes, Who conducts the toxicology report, and when can we expect the report to filed?

A5b: Blood samples are sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation lab for analysis.  

 

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Instructions for media outlets:

  1. For updates regarding this incident go to stillwater.org
  2. Direct specific questions to PolicePIO@stillwater.org
  3. In email subject line use: OSU Homecoming Tragedy
  4. Questions will be answered and posted to stillwater.org at or before 3 p.m. daily
     

 

Updated at 4:30 p.m.

CONTACT OFFICER Cpt. Kyle Gibbs, PolicePIO@stillwater.og

Chambers charged with second degree murder

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 25, 2015) – Adacia Avery Chambers is being held on additional charges of second degree murder (four counts). Chambers, a 25-year-old Stillwater resident, was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 24 for driving under the influence after a collision with a crowd of spectators at the Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade. Three victims were pronounced dead at the scene and one victim, a two year old boy, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries. Forty-six other people were injured in the collision.

On Sunday morning, investigators, in consultation with the Payne County District Attorney’s office, elected to file an affidavit and hold Chambers on four counts of second degree murder. A conviction for murder in the second degree has a sentence of ten years to life imprisonment for each count.

Chambers was arrested for DUI on Saturday morning. She was taken to Stillwater Medical Center to obtain blood samples as required by Oklahoma statute in collisions involving fatality and serious injury. The blood samples will be sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for testing. Chambers was transported to the Stillwater Police Department jail for holding.

On Sunday afternoon, Chambers was transferred to the Payne County jail where she will await and initial court appearance on Monday.

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Instructions for media outlets:

  1. For updates regarding this incident go to stillwater.org
  2. Direct specific questions to PolicePIO@stillwater.org
  3. In email subject line use: OSU Homecoming Tragedy
  4. Questions will be answered and posted to stillwater.org at or before 3 p.m. daily

 


MEDIA RELEASE

NATURE OF CALL Fatality Collision – UPDATE 2

CASE NUMBER  2015-29882
CONTACT OFFICER Cpt. Kyle Gibbs
Link to PDF version 

Victims' names 

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 25, 2015) –  A traffic collision that occurred during the Oklahoma State University Homecoming Parade in Stillwater, Oklahoma resulted in the death of four people and the injury of forty-seven others.

The collision occurred at 10:31 AM on October 24 at the intersection of Hall of Fame Ave. and Main St. That intersection was the termination point of the parade. The intersection was lined with spectators when the collision occurred. 

The victims’ names, ages, location and conditions are listed below: 

 

Victim Name

Age

Hometown

Current Location

Condition

1

Juvenile

2

Stillwater, OK

 

Deceased

2

Prabhakar, Nakita

23

Edmond, OK

 

Deceased

3

Stone, Bonnie Jean

65

Stillwater, OK

 

Deceased

4

Stone, Marvin Lyle

65

Stillwater, OK

 

Deceased

           

5

Bates, Sherry

40

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Critical

6

Murphy, Kelly

41

 

St Johns - Tulsa

Critical

7

Rodriguez, Diana

37

 

St Johns  - Tulsa

Critical

8

Schmitz, Leo

60

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Critical

9

Turner, Mary Annette

61

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Critical

10

Juvenile

6

 

OU Childrens Hospital - Oklahoma City

Fair

11

Juvenile

7

 

OU Childrens Hospital - Oklahoma City

Fair

12

Juvenile

6

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Fair

13

Juvenile

6

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Fair

14

Harrison, Kelly

27

 

Mercy Hospital - Oklahoma City

Good

15

Juvenile

1

 

OU Medical - Oklahoma City

Good

16

Juvenile

12

 

Stillwater Medical Center

non-life threatening

17

Harrison,Kimberly

30

 

Stillwater Medical Center

non-life threatening

18

Rodriquez, Diana

37

 

Stillwater Medical Center

non-life threatening

19

Zeng, Dexia

35

 

Stillwater Medical Center

non-life threatening

20

Atwell, Kayleigh

20

 

St Johns - Tulsa, OK

stable

21

Edwards,Steven

55

 

St Francis Hospital - Tulsa, OK

Stable

           

22

Juvenile

10

 

Treated and released

 

23

Abai,Clement

36

 

Treated and released

 

24

Atwell, Deborah

55

 

Treated and released

 

25

Juvenile

7

 

Treated and released

 

26

Juvenile

13

 

Treated and released

 

27

Bolden, Chayton

19

 

Treated and released

 

28

Cardinal, Mary Lynn

48

 

Treated and released

 

29

Carter, Kailey Beth

19

 

Treated and released

 

30

Chintalapati,Bhardwaj

26

 

Treated and released

 

31

Edwards, Teresa Gay

55

 

Treated and released

 

32

Freeman, Carrie

47

 

Treated and released

 

33

Juvenile

3

 

Treated and released

 

34

Gray, Amanda

24

 

Treated and released

 

35

Hulbert, Adonis

19

 

Treated and released

 

36

Johnson, Taylor Lea

18

 

Treated and released

 

37

Johnson,Jenifer

43

 

Treated and released

 

38

Lind, Zhigang

38

 

Treated and released

 

39

Juvenile

6

 

Treated and released

 

40

Reynolds, Amanda

31

 

Treated and released

 

41

Schmitz, Sharon

66

 

Treated and released

 

42

Smith, Anna

19

 

Treated and released

 

43

Stanley,Kim

58

 

Treated and released

 

44

Strauch, Nicolette

20

 

Treated and released

 

45

Strawn, Katie

46

 

Treated and released

 

46

Thames, Pamela

59

 

Treated and released

 

47

Vanhooykonk,  Bryan

34

 

Treated and released

 

48

Whyte, Lynn Sue

60

 

Treated and released

 

49

Witten, Kevin

52

 

Treated and released

 

50

Wu, Tao

34

 

Treated and released

 

51

Wu, Yu Ming

62

 

Treated and released

 

The collision occurred when a car driven by Stillwater resident Adacia Avery Chambers (25) drove into a crowd of spectators striking numerous people as well as an unmanned police motorcycle.  Chambers was arrested at the scene for Driving Under the Influence.  Chambers remains in jail at this hour.  Her initial appearance in Payne County District Court will likely be Monday October 26th. 

Investigation into the cause of the collision continues. Additional charges will be presented to the Payne County District Attorney’s office.

All of the first responders, the City of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University family extend our deepest sympathy to the victims and their families.

The police department asks that anyone who witnessed the accident or who may have video evidence of the collision to please contact us at 405.372.4171.

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Update at 8:55 p.m.

MEDIA RELEASE

Victims' names to be released Sunday morning

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 24, 2015) – Stillwater Director of Public Safety Norman McNickle says the names of the victims in traffic collision should be ready for release  by 6 a.m. tomorrow.

“Victims have been sent to seven different area hospitals,” McNickle said, “and their job is to treat the wounded first and to notify us later.”

The list of names will be made available once everyone has been identified and that information has been confirmed.

The list will be posted on the City of Stillwater’s website at: http://stillwater.org/government/city_departments/stillwater_police_department/fatality_collision_at_osu_homecoming.php

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(Updated at 7:51 p.m.)

MEDIA RELEASE

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 24, 2015) – A fourth death has occurred as the result of the traffic collision that occurred during the OSU Homecoming Parade today at Main St. and Hall of Fame Ave. The collision occurred at 10:31AM.

Three adult victims were pronounced dead at the scene earlier today.  A fourth victim has died of injuries sustained in the collision.  That fourth victim was a 2 year old boy.

As of 7 PM the injured list has grown to 44 persons in addition to the 4 fatalities.

The driver of the car arrested at the scene for Driving Under the Influence, 25 year old Adacia Avery Chambers or Stillwater, remains in jail.

We are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or who has video of the collision to please contact the Stillwater Police Dept. at 405.372.4171. 

Further, Stillwater PD has established a clearing house for patient names as they become available. Family members searching for loved ones whom they cannot contact otherwise need to call 405.372.4171.  

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MEDIA RELEASE

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Oct. 24, 2015) – A traffic collision occurred at the termination point, Main St. and Hall of Fame Ave. of the OSU Homecoming parade.  The collision occurred at 10:31 AM.

The collision involved 1 car, a 2014 Hyundai Elantra, traveling southbound on Main St. It struck an unmanned police motorcycle before driving into a crowd of spectators.

As of 1:20PM we can confirmed there are: THREE fatalities, EIGHT critically injured persons (7 were flown from scene by air ambulance 1 was transported to Stillwater Medical Center.), NINE seriously injured persons transported to Stillwater Medical Center and SEVENTEEN walking wounded who travelled to Stillwater Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment.

The driver of the car was arrested at the scene for Driving Under the Influence and taken to the City of Stillwater Jail.  The driver is Adacia Avery Chambers.  She is a 25 year old female Stillwater resident.

The Stillwater PD collision reconstruction team is still at the scene investigating the collision at this time.

We are asking anyone who witnessed the accident or who has video of the collision to please contact the Stillwater Police Dept. at 405.372.4171. 

Further, Stillwater PD has established a clearing house for patient names as they become available. Family members searching for loved ones whom they cannot contact otherwise need to call 405.372.4171.  

 

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