4 dead, including 2-year-old, after homecoming parade crash

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Oklahoma State University Parade Car Crash Kills At Least 3

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- A woman suspected of driving under the influence plowed into a crowd Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people -- including a toddler -- and injuring dozens more in a collision that sent some spectators flying through the air.

Stillwater police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said the woman's Hyundai Elantra struck an unoccupied motorcycle of an officer who was working security at the parade, then went into the crowd. She was taken into custody, and Gibbs said investigators were awaiting the results of blood tests to determine if she was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

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Oklahoma University Medical Center and The Children's Hospital announced in a statement Saturday night that a 2-year-old was the fourth person to die from injuries suffered in the morning crash. Five children and three adults remained hospitalized with conditions ranging from good to critical, officials said. Gibbs had said earlier that 34 people were taken to the hospital.

Police said Adacia Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, was arrested on the DUI charge.

"We treat these like we would any homicide investigation," Gibbs said. "It'll probably take several days to get additional information as to the cause of the accident."

Chambers' father, Floyd Chambers of Oologah, told The Oklahoman newspaper he couldn't believe his daughter was involved and said she was not an alcoholic. He described his daughter as "timid" and said she had attended homecoming festivities Friday night with family but that her boyfriend had told him she was home by 10 p.m.

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4 dead, including 2-year-old, after homecoming parade crash
This photo provided by the Stillwater Police Department on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 shows Adacia Chambers. Police said Chambers plowed her car into a crowd of spectators Saturday during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. (Stillwater Police Department via AP)
Oklahoma State students Kelly Cooke, right, and Rebecca Buchanan read messages on a memorial in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, near where a car crashed into spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade killing multiple and injuring several others. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 24: Emergency officials stand over a crash scene including a wrecked police motorcycle after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade near the Boone Pickens Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The car slammed into a crowd, killing three and injuring at least 22 before the Kansas Oklahoma State football game. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
Emergency personnel and spectators respond after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during theOklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka. (David Bitton/The News Press via AP)
STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 24: Emergency officials stand over the car that was involved after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade near the Boone Pickens Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The car slammed into a crowd, killing three and injuring at least 22 before the Kansas Oklahoma State football game. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
Police investigators look over the scene after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
A damaged police motorcycle rests in the intersection after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Police investigate a damaged car after the vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Emergency personnel gather a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Police investigate a damaged car after the vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
A damaged police motorcycle rests in the intersection after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Emergency personnel respond after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an accident after a vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka. (David Bitton/The News Press via AP)

This photo courtesy of Geoff Haxton, police investigate a damaged car after the vehicle crashed into a crowd of spectators during the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, causing multiple injuries, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oka. (courtesy of Geoff Haxton via AP)

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"This is just not who she is. They're going to paint her into a horrible person but this is not (her)," Floyd Chambers told the paper.

A woman who answered a call to a phone number listed for Floyd Chambers told The Associated Press no one was available to talk.

Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis said there had been discussion about canceling the homecoming game Saturday afternoon against Kansas, but it was played as scheduled. The victims were remembered with a moment of silence before kickoff, and most of the OSU players knelt on the sideline in prayer.

Even as the game began, some of the bodies remained at the scene of the crash less than three blocks away from the stadium. National Guard troops kept watch as officials with the Red Cross and state medical examiner's office continued their work.

Hundreds of fans wearing the school's bright orange and black colors had to walk by the intersection as they headed to the game. Some lingered to look at the aftermath: water bottles, blankets, lawn chairs and other items strewn in the street. A gray car with a smashed side and shattered windshield remained at the scene, as did a crumpled motorcycle.

"I just saw smoke and saw the panic in people's faces as they ran away from the scene," said Geoff Haxton, of Tulsa, who attended the parade with his children.

Another spectator, Konda Walker, from Anchorage, Alaska, told the Stillwater News Press that some people initially thought the crash was part of the show.

"People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls," Walker told the News Press.

It's not the first tragedy to strike events connected to Oklahoma State sports programs. Ten people, including two OSU men's basketball players, were killed in a 2001 plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. And Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were among four killed in a plane crash in Arkansas in 2011 while on a recruiting trip.

"The families, I know, and these victims will never be able to understand this, nor will we," Hargis said. "But the Cowboy family pulls together, unfortunately we've had to do it before and we're going to do it again."

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