OKLAHOMA — A witness has indicated 25-year-old Adacia Chambers, the woman who crashed her vehicle into a crowd during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade last weekend admitted she was trying to kill herself.
Nathan Oglesby spoke with KJRH in Tulsa. He said he was in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 24th with his wife and two-year-old son when he witnessed the horrific crash.
“It sounded like an explosion,” Oglesby told the station.
Oglesby, a former EMT, jumped into action. He rushed over to Chambers’ vehicle minutes after the crash.
“I opened the door and asked her how she was doing, what happened, felt her neck,” he said. “She just looked at me and said she was trying to kill herself. I said, ‘What?’ And she said, ‘I was trying to kill myself.’ And I asked her why and she said, ‘to be free,’” Oglesby said.
Four people were killed in the crash, and 47 were hurt. One of those who died was two years old. Eleven of the injured were 13 years old or younger.
Those who were killed have been identified as:
- Two-year-old Nash Lucas
- 23-year-old Nikita Nakal
- 65-year-old Dr. Marvin Stone
- 65-year-old Bonnie Stone
Immediately after the crash, Chambers was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.
She now faces four counts of second-degree murder. She made a court appearance Monday, via closed-circuit video, during which bond was set at $1 million.
Chambers’ attorney, Tony Coleman believes that mental illness may have played a role in the crash.
According to a probable cause affidavit, officials say Chambers was suicidal at the time of the crash.
“Upon booking, defendant admitted to having a history of suicidal attempts and admitted to booking staff that she was suicidal at the time of the incident but not at the time of booking,” the affidavit reads.
Coleman said he believes she may have a mental health issue. When he met with Chambers, he said, she gave “inappropriate answers” to his questions. He also said she had a “flat affect” when reacting to his description of the car crashing into the parade.
“Her answers to my questions were inconsistent, but more importantly the look in her face. There is a very blank, almost lifeless look in her face,” Coleman told reporters.
“When I, in fact, informed her that four people had indeed perished, the reaction that I got was one that confirmed what I believed from the very beginning, that she was lacking in capacity or was under some other influences other than drugs or alcohol,” Coleman said.
Upon booking, Chambers said she had a history of suicide attempts. She told staff she was suicidal at the time of the incident, but not at the time of booking, according to the probable cause affidavit.
The document also said Chambers had been treated for “mental health related issues” in the past, a fact her lawyer confirmed. Coleman said mental illness runs in his client’s family.
He told reporters Sunday that “there have been warning signs coming from Ms. Chambers for quite some time, for the past few years.”
Coleman wouldn’t elaborate on what he meant by warning signs.
According to both her lawyer and father, Chambers had spent some time at a mental health facility in Wagoner, Oklahoma.
“They had her for a couple of weeks, and they released her, and said there’s really nothing else they could do for her. So I took her to another place when she got out of there, and basically the same thing,” said Floyd Chambers.
He told reporters his daughter was good at hiding her problems because she didn’t want the family to worry.
“She may have problems, underlying problems that I wasn’t fully aware of, but we’re going to address that,” he said.
On Monday, Chambers’ boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord, also spoke to reporters. He said he couldn’t comprehend what would have caused his girlfriend to drive into a crowd.
He guessed that perhaps she had a medical issue. He also said, “She doesn’t handle stress well.”
“I would imagine she is just, like, in utter shock and doesn’t even know how to process what’s going on,” he said.
Chambers’ next hearing is set for November 13th.