BREAKING: Thunder Part-Owner Aubrey McClendon Killed In Car Crash
By Randy Renner
The morning after being indicted by a federal grand jury Oklahoma City Thunder minority owner and energy executive Aubrey McClendon has died in a car crash.
McClendon's 2013 Chevy Tahoe plowed into a bridge abutment on Midwest Boulevard underneath the Turner Turnpike. The vehicle then burst into flames.
Judging by the extreme front end damage McClendon's vehicle was traveling at high speed before the crash and police say no attempt appeared to have been made to avoid the collision.
"He pretty much drove straight into the wall. There was plenty of opportunity to correct or go back to the roadway, that didn't occur," said Oklahoma City police captain Paco Balderrama.
According to the police report McClendon was not wearing a seatbelt.
The posted speed limit is 50 miles-per-hour in that area and Balderrama said McClendon appeared to be going much faster.
McClendon was the only person in the vehicle and had been expected to turn himself in on conspiracy bid-rigging charges sometime today at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Oklahoma City.