The woman responsible for the Oct. 24, Stillwater Homecoming parade crash has been officially charged. The 25-year-old is facing four counts of second degree murder and 46 counts of felony assault. If convicted she could spend life in prison.
According to authorities, in the afternoon of Oct. 24 the woman ran through a red light and then purposely drove around police barricades and over an officer's motorcycle before barreling into a crowd of spectators, killing three adults, one child and injuring dozens of others.
At the time of the incident, officers believed the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs but her toxicology report is still pending. After her arrest, officers reported that the driver admitted to previous suicide attempts and having a history of mental illness. She later told her attorney that she didn't quite remember the crash but remembers being confused when pulled from the car.
Since the October crash, the driver has remained jailed with a $1 million bond and has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation. Her attorney had her independently evaluated and reports that the professional who conducted her evaluation believes that the 25-year-old has bipolar disorder and should not be considered competent enough to stand trial. Her father told authorities that his daughter has been treated for a mental illness in the past but has not shown signs of depression lately.
While it is unknown if a trial is in the future of this 25-year-old, it is certainly understandable for family members of the victims to want to see justice served. It is also unknown if those injured in the crash will seek compensation for their loss and recovery. However, they may begin the process by speaking to a skilled personal injury attorney.
Source: Yahoo News, "Oklahoma woman charged in parade crash that killed 4," Sean Murphy, Nov. 4, 2015