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Hospital Waves ER Bill for Oklahoma Homecoming Crash Victims

Chelcy Williams10 months ago

Reuters News reports Stillwater Medical Center will cover the initial ER cost visit for victims of the Oklahoma State University homecoming parade crash that resulted in the death of four people on Oct. 24.

About the Hospitals Charitable Act

According to hospital officials, they will not bill the 40 Oklahoma homecoming parade victims they treated.

A Stillwater NewsPress states, the hospital will not file claims with private health insurance providers for emergency room (ER) visits and hospital stays associated with the crash.

The CEO of the hospital, Jerry Moeller, said in a statement, “We know this has been a very difficult time for our patients and our community. We wanted to do our best to ease the minds of the victims from the tragic event.”

The hospital will also work with the victims that required additional follow-up appointments to lessen costs.

The suspect in the crash, 25-year-old Adacia Chambers, is scheduled back in court on Dec. 10 to face charges including second-degree murder. 

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 32,719 people were killed in auto accidents in 2013, marking a slight decrease from the 33,782 deaths reported in 2012.
  • Of those killed in 2013:
  • An additional 2,313,000 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013.

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