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Suspect's lawyer sheds light on client's actions the morning of Oklahoma State University homecoming crash

STILLWATER — The woman accused of causing a crash that killed four and injured dozens at the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade was a well-liked and respected employee who had left the frozen custard restaurant employed and on her own terms.

Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Payne County jail.

Her attorney, Tony Coleman, said he spoke at length to the owner of the Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers where Chambers was employed. He also interviewed co-workers and store managers.

First and foremost, she was not fired the morning of the crash, Coleman said.

"Not only was she not fired, she wasn't asked to leave," he said. "She left on her own." 

Coleman said store owner Mark Thompson told him that Chambers was a hard worker who was never late and needed little or no supervision. But the morning of the crash, he described her behavior as unlike any previously seen from her.

Chambers had worked an eight-hour shift on Friday, then spent time with family members at the OSU Homecoming Walkabout Friday night before returning to the store for an hour or two.

"She came back inside and helped them clean up and close the place down," Coleman said.

Seemed distracted at work

She reported to her shift early the next morning as expected, but seemed distracted and had to be prompted to do work, Coleman said.

"Her behavior was not really odd, but it was different," Coleman said. "And just like that, she got up and informed them that she needed to go."

"When she left out of there, she was not crying. She was not upset," he said.

"They didn't make a big deal of it. He (Thompson) figured maybe she was tired and just wanted to go home," Coleman said.

Freddy's employees are told to park at the nearby high school to keep parking spaces free for customers. The lot is behind an adjacent auto tinting business.

"The next thing they know, they were being bombarded by police asking them questions," he said of the Freddy's employees working Saturday morning.

Thompson said he was told by police that a breath test given after the crash registered no alcohol, Coleman said.

A mental health expert has been hired and evaluated Chambers, but the results of that interview will be revealed at a later time, her attorney said.

Employees contacted by phone at Freddy's declined to comment to The Oklahoman. Thompson also could not be reached.

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