OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) –The Oklahoma City Police Department has confirmed that ex-CEO of Chesapeake Energy and co-owner of the OKC Thunder Aubrey McClendon died in a car wreck Wednesday morning.
"At 9:12 a.m., the Oklahoma City Police Department responded to a fatality accident involving Mr. Aubrey McClendon. The information I have right now is that his vehicle, which was identified as a 2013 Chevy Tahoe, was traveling northbound on Midwest Boulevard, just south of Memorial, toward I-44 better known as Turner Turnpike.
He went left of center, traveling at a high rate of speed and collided into the west embankment wall of the overpass. His vehicle was engulfed in flames immediately and he did not survive the accident. Once again, it appears that speed was most definitely a factor in the fatality. It's going to take our investigative (team) approximately one to two weeks to completely finish the investigation and recreate the accident. At this point in time it looks pretty cut and dry as far as what happened," said Capt. Paco Balderrama in a press conference about the fatal wreck.
McClendon was indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of conspiracy to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases less than 24 hours before the fatal wreck. McClendon denied the charge.
He was 56 at the time of the wreck.