New details on the hours and minutes before Adacia Chambers drove her car around a barricade and into the crowd at the OSU homecoming parade. Four people died and dozens are injured. Chambers is locked up on complaints of second degree murder.
Chambers' attorney made it very clear that she was not asked to leave her job on Saturday. Instead, he says, it was Chambers' decision to leave.
That morning coworkers described her as distracted.
From interviews with Chambers' coworkers and family, her defense attorney, Tony Coleman, now has an outlined timeline of events leading up to the deadly crash.
On Friday, Chambers worked an 8-hour shift at the frozen custard and burger restaurant, Freddy's. From there, Coleman says, Chambers left with her aunt and grandmother around 5 p.m. to go to the OSU homecoming walk-around. Chambers and her family returned to the restaurant around 10 p.m. to pick up their cars. Her family went home, but Chambers decided to help close the restaurant.
Coworkers told Chambers' attorney she left well after 10 p.m.
“She was known to do that. She really liked working there and she really liked having her there,” said defense attorney Tony Coleman.
Chambers returned to work Saturday morning 10 to 15 minutes before her shift at 9 a.m. Coworkers on Saturday described her as not acting herself.
“Just appeared from the moment she arrived, appeared to be distracted,” said Coleman. “She was just sort of standing there behind the counter not really doing her normal thing that she was known to do.”
To help focus Chambers, her manager tried gave her a few tasks to get her to start working.
“She came out from behind the counter, sat down at a booth, and was just pretty much in a daze,” said Coleman.
But sometime between the start of her shift at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the time of the crash, Chambers told her manager she needed to leave.
“They didn't think anything of it at all. They didn't think it was out of the ordinary or anything unusual. None of those they just thought ok maybe she's tired,” Chambers’ attorney said.
On Monday, a judge granted Coleman's request for a doctor to perform a full psychological evaluation on Chambers. The evaluation will determine if a mental illness can be diagnosed.