Deadly crash at Oklahoma parade was like bomb, witness says

OSU Calls For Strength After Another Tragedy On Campus


A man who was watching the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade when a car plowed into a crowd and killed four people said the crash sounded like a bomb went off, transforming a festive mood into one of horror.

Mark McNitt was standing beside his stepfather, Leo Schmitz, 54, when the sedan careened into a throng near the end of the annual parade on Saturday at the university in Stillwater, about 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Oklahoma City.

Four people died, including a 2-year-old boy, while at least 47 others were injured. Five of them, including Schmitz, were in critical condition.

Click through to see more images from the scene:

3 PHOTOS
Driver crashes through Oklahoma State homecoming parade, Adacia Chambers
See Gallery
Deadly crash at Oklahoma parade was like bomb, witness says
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)
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)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

"All I remember was a gush of wind and then the sound," McNitt said at a news conference, recalling when the gray Hyundai Elantra jumped the curb, mowing down dozens of men, women and children.

"The only thing I can relate it to is some type of bombing," said McNitt, who said he had minor injuries. "The screaming ... and a lot of chaos."

Onlookers rushed to help the injured, he said. Police and emergency medical personnel were nearby, at the end of the parade route, before the start of an Oklahoma State University football game, he said.

The driver, identified as Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, was expected to make an initial appearance in Payne County District Court on Monday, police said on Sunday.

Chambers was taken into custody on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, said Stillwater Police Captain Kyle Gibbs. Police were awaiting results of a blood test administered after the crash.

Chambers worked at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Stillwater, the restaurant said on Sunday.

Three adults - identified as Nakita Prabhakar, 23, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Bonnie Jean Stone, 65; and Marvin Lyle Stone, 65, both of Stillwater - were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A toddler, who was not identified, died later Saturday. Family members identified him as Nash Lucas, according to KOTV, a local television station.

Prabhakar, originally of Mumbai, India, was a graduate business student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, the school said, identifying her as Nikita Nakal. The university could not be reached immediately to clarify the discrepancy.

Stone was a professor of agricultural engineering at OSU, according to the school's website. He retired in 2006 and founded the Marvin and Bonnie Stone Endowed Scholarship Fund with his wife the following year.

Authorities did not release additional information about Chambers, except that she lived in Stillwater. Gibbs said she did not appear to be an OSU student.

Floyd Chambers, 47, the suspect's father, told The Oklahoman newspaper his daughter lived with her boyfriend in Stillwater. He described her as timid and not an alcoholic.

"They're going to paint her into a horrible person but this is not (her)," he said.

Watch more coverage below:​

Five Remain Critical After Crash at OSU Parade
More from AOL.com:
Study: Sunscreen damaging coral reefs across the world
President Obama cites 'Grumpy Cat' while mocking republicans
Kenya: 15 Islamic extremist rebels killed in Somalia

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.