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A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely." A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely."
STILLWATER, Okla. -

 The latest on the fatal crash at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade (all times local):
    
3:35 p.m.
    
A prosecutor says it appears that a woman accused of driving her car into a homecoming parade near Oklahoma State University did so "purposely."
    
Payne County District Attorney Laura Thomas said Monday that the evidence suggests that the deaths of four people during Saturday's parade were "an intentional act." She says Adacia Chambers drove around a barricade and ran a red light before hitting parade-goers and that she would have been able to see the crowd from far away.
    
Chambers is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder.
    
Special District Judge Katherine Thomas set Chambers' bond at $1 million and ordered her to undergo a psychological evaluation.
    
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2:15 p.m.
    
Relatives of a motorist accused killing four people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade say they don't know what may have led to the crash.
    
The father, aunt and boyfriend of 25-year-old Adacia (uh-DAY-shuh) Chambers appeared outside the Payne County Courthouse on Monday shortly before Chambers' first appearance via video in court.
    
She's being held on $1 million bond on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder in Saturday's fatal crash.
    
Chambers' boyfriend, Jesse Gaylord, says nothing seemed unusual when Chambers left for work that morning. He says he never saw her take drugs and that they rarely drank alcohol. He also says Chambers is normally a careful driver who doesn't run yellow lights.
    
Gaylord and Chambers' relatives say they haven't been able to speak with her since the crash.
    
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1:55 p.m.
    
A judge has an ordered a psychological evaluation for an Oklahoma woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others.
    
Payne County Special District Judge Katherine Thomas also set bond at $1 million for Adacia (uh-DAY-shuh) Chambers, who is being held on four preliminary counts of second-degree murder as prosecutors consider formal charges.
    
Chambers appeared at Monday's hearing via video. The only time she spoke was to say "yes" when the judge asked if she could hear her.
    
Thomas said the hearing will resume Nov. 13 after prosecutors said they needed more time to interview the dozens of witnesses at the scene. Prosecutors also said one of the injured is in a "fragile" state, which could lead to more charges.
    
12:30 p.m.
    
A professor says one of the victims in Saturday's Oklahoma State parade crash was studying to become a financial analyst.
    
Twenty-three-year-old Nikita Nakal was struck by a car and killed as she attended the homecoming parade with friends. She was pursuing her master's of business administration at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.
    
One of her professors, Donna Carlon, says Nakal had received her bachelor's of commerce degree from the University of Mumbai in India, where she was from.
    
Carlon says Nakal "always had a smile on her face." She says the student wanted to be a financial analyst in the banking world and was "quite focused" on her goal.
    
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10:10 a.m.
    
Authorities have identified the child killed in the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash as 2-year-old Nash Lucas, whose mother is a sophomore at the school.
    
Oklahoma medical examiner's office chief investigator Timothy Dwyer released Nash's name Monday. Stillwater police identified the three adult victims Sunday as 23-year-old Nikita Nakal and a married couple, Bonnie Jean Stone and Marvin Lyle Stone, who were both 65.
    
Dwyer says all four victims died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
    
Oklahoma State says Nash's mother, 20-year-old Nicolette Strauch, is majoring in chemical engineering and also works at the school's parking and transit department.
    
Police say Strauch was treated and released from the hospital for her injuries. An online fundraiser for her family had raised more than $35,000 by Monday morning.
    
This story has been changed to correct the spelling of Nikita Nakal's name. The Stillwater police had erroneously referred to her as Nakita.
    
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8:15 a.m.
    
An attorney representing a 25-year-old woman says his client had "no real response whatsoever" when he told her that four people were killed after she crashed her car into an Oklahoma State homecoming parade.
    
Tony Coleman told NBC's "Today" show Monday that Adacia Chambers was hospitalized two years ago for an unspecified mental illness. He says he believes Chambers wasn't under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of Saturday's crash, but that she was mentally ill.
    
But Stillwater Police Capt. Kyle Gibbs said authorities believe Chambers was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Gibbs told ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday that authorities haven't seen signs of mental illness in Chambers, though she has made no statements to investigators so far.
    
Gibbs says 17 people remain hospitalized, including five in critical condition.
    
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1 a.m.
    
The twenty-five-year old woman who authorities say drove a car into a crowd of people at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens of others, is set to make her first court appearance.
    
Adacia Chambers is scheduled to appear Monday in Payne County District Court. Chambers was jailed over the weekend and faces a charge of driving under the influence and four counts of second-degree murder.
    
Tony Coleman, who is defending Chambers, said at a news conference Sunday that he believes his client suffers from a mental illness but doesn't think she was drinking before the crash.
    
Police are awaiting blood tests to determine if she was impaired by drugs or alcohol.
    
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