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.
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Police say McClendon was alone in the SUV, not wearing a seatbelt, and made no effort to hit the brakes or avoid the wall. Police also said that McClendon's vehicle's data recorder shows that he had been driving 88 mph and tapped his brakes, but not in the 31 feet before impact. Investigators found tire tracks but no skid marks
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,” Citty said during a press conference Monday afternoon.
The crash happened a day after a federal grand jury indicted McClendon for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to rig bids for oil and gas leases in northwest Oklahoma. His biggest investor had also recently announced it was limiting its business relationship with him, Reuters reports.
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