2-Year-Old Is Fourth Fatality in Oklahoma State Parade Crash
A 2-year-old child has died, the fourth fatality after an alleged drunk driver smashed into a crowd at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade on Saturday morning, according to multiple reports.
The child was rushed to the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, but succumbed Saturday afternoon to the injuries sustained in the crash, NBC News reports.
A press release from the Stillwater Police Department confirmed 34 injured victims, eight of whom are in critical condition and nine of whom have “serious” injuries.
The Stillwater Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that the driver was Adacia Avery Chambers, a 25-year-old resident of Stillwater, where OSU is located. Chambers was arrested at the scene for allegedly driving under the influence and taken to the city jail, police say. Authorities report that she was driving a 2014 Hyundai Elantra and allegedly struck an unmanned police motorcycle before crashing into the crowd.
News on 6 storm chaser Von Castor, who participated in the homecoming parade, witnessed the chaotic scene.
“A car barreled through the barricades and into the crowd where the parade was ending,” Castor reported. “It was an absolute horrible scene. … I did see two fatalities.”
OSU aluma Konda Walker also witnessed the event.
“At first, we thought it was part of the show,” Walker told the Stillwater News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.”
Shortly after the tragedy occurred, OSU Tweeted, “Oklahoma State University is saddened by the tragic parade incident earlier this morning. Our thoughts & prayers are with those affected.”
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