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Insurer seeks to give funds to victims of deadly 2015 Oklahoma State crash

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The auto insurer for the woman who drove into a crowd during the 2015 Oklahoma State University homecoming parade, killing four and injuring 39, has asked a judge to distribute $100,000 from her policy’s liability coverage to dozens of victims.

Farmers Insurance Company Inc. filed the request earlier this year in Payne County District Court in Oklahoma following the sentencing earlier this year to life in prison for Adacia Avery Chambers, now 27, who drove the car into the crowd.

At an August hearing, a judge is expected to decide how to divide the money among the individual victims and about a dozen medical care and insurance providers listed on the petition.

“Nobody’s going to get a lot of money,” said Mark Smiling, the attorney representing Farmers, as reported by The Oklahoman newspaper.

Smiling said this is common when dealing with tragic accidents where there is not enough insurance proceeds to pay all of the damages.

Chambers pleaded no contest in January to four counts of second-degree murder and 39 counts of assault and battery by means or force likely to produce death. As part of a plea deal, she was sentenced to life in prison plus 10 years.

The victims incurred medical expenses ranging from hundreds of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the petition. Chambers’ liability coverage capped at $100,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for property damage, according to the petition.

Killed in the crash were Marvin Stone, 65, a retired OSU professor; his wife, Bonnie Stone, 65, an OSU employee; Nikita Nakal, 23, a University of Central Oklahoma graduate student; and Nash Lucas, 2, the son of an OSU student.

A husband and wife from Skiatook filed separate personal injury lawsuits against Chambers exactly one year after the crash. The couple, Leo and Sharon Schmitz, are seeking more than $1 million in damages. Their cases are pending.


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