Family members of the driver accused of crashing her vehicle into a crowd of OSU Homecoming onlookers, spoke to the media Monday and said they don't have answers, and that their hearts go out to the victims.
Adacia Chambers, 25, was arrested after police said she crashed her vehicle into a crowd during the OSU Homecoming Parade, killing four people and injuring at least 46 others. She is being held on four counts of second-degree murder.
A judge set the bond at $1 million for Chambers on Monday.
Chambers' father, Floyd Chambers, her aunt, Lynda Branstetter, and her boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord, held a news conference Monday afternoon. Floyd Chambers said they are supporters of the school and the community.
Chambers' father: this is not the little girls raised. Something has happened. Says she talked about moving back home. @NEWS9— Christy Lewis (@LewisChristy) October 26, 2015
Floyd Chambers said Adacia was in a mental hospital for a few weeks and was released. He took her to another facility, and she was released again. He said she was kind, caring, loved music and was a wonderful artist.
“Our hearts go out to those victims, and it was a terrible, terrible thing that has happened. I can’t explain it right now. We don’t have all the answers yet,” said Floyd Chambers. “I spent yesterday thinking about, ‘should I send flowers? What should I do?’ The little girl who’s in the hospital in Tulsa… that just broke my heart. The little boy who’s deceased… that just tore my heart out. I can’t fathom losing a child like that. My heart goes out to that family and the people, the married couple and the young lady, it’s just terrible.”
"This is so not her. This is not her character, " said Branstetter. "We don't have the answers. We don't know what happened either. Because the girl I've seen Friday night, the girl that was with me and that walked around, was happy, funny, caring, even the friend who I was with she had met for the first time made that same comment."
Chambers' aunt: this is so not her. This is not her character. She's one that'll give you a big hug. Aunt is in tears. @NEWS9— Christy Lewis (@LewisChristy) October 26, 2015
Adacia’s boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord, said during the news conference that she seemed at ease the night before the crash, but she said she couldn’t sleep. He said he’s never seen Adacia take any prescription medication, and that the last time she drank was one beer on his birthday.
Chambers' boyfriend: just got back together summer of last year. He went back to school. Long distance was stressful so she moved here.— Christy Lewis (@LewisChristy) October 26, 2015
Chambers' boyfriend: at first she was stressed about the move but she got a job and things seemed to be getting better.— Christy Lewis (@LewisChristy) October 26, 2015
Chambers' boyfriend: she came in my room before she left and I hugged and kissed her and said have a good day at work.— Christy Lewis (@LewisChristy) October 26, 2015
Gaylord said he’s never seen her black out. He said she’s one of the most cautious drivers.
Adacia Chambers' attorney Tony Coleman filed paperwork at the court clerk’s office Monday, asking for a mental evaluation for Chambers. Coleman said he did not think Chambers was driving under the influence at the time, but was mentally ill.
The Payne County district attorney encourages anyone, injured or not, who was a victim of Saturday's crash needing mental health or other services should contact their victim witness division at (405) 372-4883. There could be financial assistance, court orientation, emotional support, crisis intervention and other services available.
Also anyone with images or video should call Stillwater police.
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