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Oklahoma Rallies Around Victims of Drunk Driver at OSU Homecoming
Posted on October 26, 2015
On behalf of Charles Bryan Alred, PC posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Monday, October 26, 2015.
The rivalry between two favorite college football teams took a back seat on Saturday when word quickly spread that a tragedy occurred at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade. An allegedly drunk driver plowed into the crowd. In the hours following the tragedy, it appeared that three people were dead and dozens suffered a variety of injuries, including some who were considered to be in critical condition. Later, it was reported that a 2-year-old succumbed to injuries suffered in this tragedy.
Five people are still reportedly in critical condition at hospitals around the state. They are included in the 47 people ranging in age from one to 66 whose lives were forever changed that morning. The 25-year-old woman who was driving the car was arrested at the scene. She faces numerous charges in connection with the incident, including second-degree murder, and officials say that more charges are forthcoming.
One witness reported that he saw the vehicle in question burst through a barricade shortly before the crash. He attempted to get her to stop by waving his arms and yelling at her. He reports that instead of slowing or stopping, the vehicle’s speed increased, and it appeared she was actually aiming for the crowd of innocent people.
The alleged drunk driver will most likely face more than criminal charges. Families of the deceased and injured victims may file civil court actions against the woman. Establishing her negligence in this tragedy could lead to damages being awarded to the victims, which could help with the financial losses being sustained by so many people and their families in the aftermath of this tragedy. In the meantime, Oklahoma’s residents are doing what they do best — rallying around the victims and their families.
Source: NBC News, “Five Remain Critical After Crash at Oklahoma State University Parade in Stillwater“, Matthew Grimson, Andrew Rudansky and Elisha Fieldstadt, Oct. 25, 2015
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