Hospital Will Not Charge Victims in Oklahoma Parade Crash for Their Care
An Oklahoma hospital has announced it will waive the charges incurred by victims of the Oklahoma State University parade crash for their treatment following the October horror.
The Stillwater Medical Center Administration and Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday that $200,000 in medical expenses will be comped, which is a huge relief for victims treated at the facility after dozens were injured and four were killed when a driver plowed through a huge crowd of football fans.
"We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community," Stillwater Medical Center CEO Jerry Moeller said in a hospital release. "We wanted to do our best to ease the minds of the victims from the tragic event."
Patients won’t be billed for expenses incurred in the emergency room or during their hospital stays at Stillwater Medical Center.
Future rehabilitative care will not be comped, but Moeller said the hospital intends to make sure it remains affordable.
“We have a very generous financial assistance policy for those patients requiring further treatment as a result of the accident,” Moeller said. “We will do all we can to make the process as smooth and stress free as possible.”
Adacia Chambers, 25, faces four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of assault and battery and is being held in lieu of $1 million bond following the Oct. 24 crash.
Killed were 23-year-old MBA student Nakita Prabhakar, originally from Mumbai, India, and 65-year-old Stillwater residents Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone.
The fourth and youngest victim, who was just two years old, was Nash Lucas, the son of a sophomore chemistry student.
Chambers' attorney has maintained that his client was not intoxicated when she allegedly plowed through the parade crowd.
A subsequent toxicology report confirmed that Chambers was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Her attorney says she suffered some sort of psychotic break that led to the accident.
Chambers is due back in court Dec. 10.