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Police: McClendon Hit Support at 78 mph, Didn't Try to Turn

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma
OKCPD Police Chief Bill Citty speaking at Monday's press conference.

Oklahoma City police on Monday released new details on the fiery single-car crash that killed former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon a day after his federal indictment.

Investigators say the energy executive and part-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder was driving 78 miles per hour when he struck a concrete overpass the morning of March 2.

Police say McClendon was alone in the SUV, was not wearing a seatbelt, and made no effort to hit the brakes or avoid the wall.

Investigators are still looking into whether McClendon was using his cell phone at the time.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty wouldn’t comment when asked if police believe the crash was intentional.

“Right now we have investigators that are going to be talking to people, trying to put the pieces together from maybe the night before until time this happened to find out if there would have been any reason that he might may have decided to take his own life.”

The crash happened one day after a federal grand jury indicted McClendon for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to rig bids for oil and gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Joe was a founding reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma (2011-2019) covering the intersection of economic policy, energy and environment, and the residents of the state.
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