Police: McClendon hit support at 78 mph, didn't try to turn

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 12:21 p.m. EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City police say Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon was driving 78 mph when his SUV hit a bridge support and that there is no evidence suggesting he tried to veer away to avoid the fatal crash.

McClendon died March 2, a day after a federal grand jury indicted him on a bid-rigging charge. The part-owner of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder had vowed to fight the accusation.

Police said Monday 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.

Police are checking his cellphone records to determine if he was on the phone.


Investigators wouldn't comment when asked if they believe McClendon intended to crash.