The names of the four victims of Saturday’s tragic car crash at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade have been released.
Nakita Prabhakar Nakal, 23, a foreign exchange student from India, and Bonnie Jean and Marvin Lyle Stone, both 65, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, were killed, police confirmed on Sunday. A 2-year-old child, who family members identified as Nash Lucas, the son of an OSU student, was also pronounced dead on Saturday, according to Oklahoma’s News on 6.
Forty-seven other people were injured in the crash, according to police, with five victims still in critical condition as of Sunday. The remaining injured are either in good or stable condition, or were treated for non-life threatening conditions. Thirty of the victims, who ranged from age 1 to 67, were treated and released.
Adacia Avery Chambers, a 25-year-old Stillwater resident, allegedly smashed into a crowd at the OSU homecoming parade Saturday morning and was arrested at the scene. She was taken to the city jail for allegedly driving under the influence, the police said.
Marvin Stone was a retired OSU professor, who lectured in the school’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department, according to the Oklahoman.
The professor, who retired in 2006, was once awarded the university’s Eminent Faculty Award, OSU’s highest faculty honor.
“My heart is hurting deeply right now. Late yesterday I learned that my very close friend and co-worker Bonnie Stone and her husband Marv were tragically killed at the OSU parade,” colleague Doug Reed wrote on Facebook, Sunday. “Bonnie and I worked side by side on all things related to the OSU student information system for almost 20 years. Bonnie was such a valuable employee, but she was an even better person and friend. I will miss so much the talks that we had daily and will miss Marv coming for his daily lunch with Bonnie. Those two were inseparable.”
Nakal was an MBA student at the nearby University of Central Oklahoma. The school’s president, Don Betz, released a statement on Saturday night: “Our students come to Central with their unique goals, hopes and dreams, and Nikita was undoubtedly no different. While we mourn the potential unrealized, let us also honor her life by pulling closer and appreciating the strength of our Broncho family.”
The family of Nash Lucas told News on 6 that his parents are thankful for the community’s support and prayers.
Chambers remains in custody and is expected to appear in Payne County District Court on Monday, reported The Oklahoman. The accident remains under investigation, according to police.
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