OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSDFW.COM) – The victim in a deadly single-vehicle crash in northeast Oklahoma City has been identified as Aubrey McClendon, Oklahoma City Police confirm.
First responders were called to the scene of the deadly crash just after 9:00 a.m. to an SUV that had reportedly struck a bridge and burst into flame, according to our CBS affiliate News9 in Oklahoma City.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and later police confirmed with News 9 that the deceased individual was in fact McClendon.
The Medical Examiner’s office would not confirm that fact, and said they will have to continue to investigate.
McClendon, the former CEO and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., was indicted for conspiring to rig bids to buy oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma on Tuesday.
The Department of Justice said Tuesday the indictment alleges that the conspiracy ran from December 2007 to March 2012.
In a news conference Wednesday Afternoon, Oklahoma City police said McClendon’s vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it slammed into the bridge abutment.
American Energy Partners released the following statement regarding this incident:
“It is with deep sadness that AELP confirms that earlier today, its founder, Aubrey K. McClendon died in a car accident on Midwest Boulevard in Oklahoma City. Aubrey’s tremendous leadership, vision, and passion for the energy industry had an impact on the community, the country, and the world. We are tremendously proud of his legacy and will continue to work hard to live up to the unmatched standards he set for excellence and integrity. We will deeply mourn his loss and please join us in expressing our condolences to his family.”
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