Oklahoma State: Four killed when car plows through homecoming parade.

Drunk Driver Kills Four, Including Toddler, at Homecoming Parade

Drunk Driver Kills Four, Including Toddler, at Homecoming Parade

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Oct. 25 2015 11:42 AM

Drunk Driver Kills Four, Including Toddler, at Homecoming Parade

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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 Boone Pickens Stadium on Oct. 24, 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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A woman who police say was driving while intoxicated killed four people and injured 47—ranging in age from 1 to 66—when she plowed her car into a crowd at the Oklahoma State University Sea of Orange homecoming parade on Saturday. Five people remained in critical condition Sunday morning, reports NBC News. Police identified the three adults who were killed: a University of Central Oklahoma master’s student from India and a couple in their mid-60s. A 2-year-old boy was also killed in the crash.

About one-quarter of those injured were aged between 1 and 13, reports CNN. Witnesses say the crash was so violent that they could see bodies being flung into the air when the car struck the crowd. “At first we thought it was part of the show,” a witness tells the Stillwater News Press. “People were flying 30 feet into the air like rag dolls.” Another witness described how there appeared to be lots of babies in the crowd. “I just saw something black coming at us. I didn’t know what it was at first, so I just got up and ran,” one student said. “The car hit me as it was stopping, and then I flew over some strollers.”

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Authorities apprehended the 25-year-old driver shortly after the crash on a DUI charge. The homecoming game against Kansas went ahead as scheduled. Officials apparently considered canceling the face-off but decided to go ahead and play it in honor of the victims, reports the Associated Press. Oklahoma State trounced Kansas 58-10.

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