All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

Mental illness or health problems maybe cause of OSU Homecoming crash

Adacia Chambers, 25, accused of driving her car into OSU Homecoming parade spectators.
Help support Red Dirt Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – Adacia Avery Chambers had been charged with driving under the influence after she drove her car into parade spectators on Saturday at the Oklahoma State University homecoming, killing four and injuring over 40 people. 

Chambers, 25, is being held at the Payne County Jail. 

However her attorney, Tony Coleman told reporters that he believes Chambers may have a mental illness. Coleman stated that he did not believe Chambers was intoxicated on Saturday during the crash.

Coleman, an Oklahoma City-based attorney, met with Chambers on Saturday night.  She told him that there is a period of time that she does not remember and she may have blacked out.

Chambers may have not been in her right mind at the time of the crash as those close to her said she would go days without sleeping.

Coleman stated that Chambers may have experience a diabetic episode that could have caused her to lose control of the vehicle.

“She’s diabetic, she’s not being treated for it,” Coleman said in a press conference.

“We don’t know for sure anything right now. The boyfriend she lives with tells me she’s been diagnosed. I did in fact reach out to her dad and he seemed to confirm it.”

She had left her Saturday shift at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers early and apparently in tears. Chambers has been described as a pleasant, mature and responsible person by co-workers. 

Mark Thompson, owner Freddy’s, told The Stillwater News Press, “She was always on time. She is a pleasant person. I have nothing to say about her that isn’t good. She has been an excellent employee,” 

Chambers is now being held on four counts of manslaughter and would probably be charged with driving while on drugs said Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas, according to a USA Today.

At this point it is unknown what caused the crash at the OSU Homecoming parade.

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Marie Mentesana

Marie Mentesana is a second-generation American of Sicilian descent who started out as a...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd

Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK