Partial Owner Of Oklahoma City Thunder Dies In Car Accident Day After Indictment

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — Police officers confirm that a man killed in a car wreck early Wednesday morning is the former CEO of Chesapeake Aubrey McClendon.

On Wednesday (March 2), firefighters were called to a car wreck on Midwest Blvd., between Memorial and 122nd Street.

McClendon, 56, retired from Chesapeake in 2013 and became the CEO of American Energy Partners.

McClendon was also a partial owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Officials with the Oklahoma City Police Department held a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, confirming the fatality is McClendon.

Capt.  Paco Balderrama says police are still investigating the crash, but added that he was traveling at well over the posted speed limit.

Balderrama says McClendon died instantly from the crash. After that, the 2013 Chevy Tahoe caught on fire.

“He pretty much drove straight into the wall,” said Balderama.

The accident occurred less than 24 hours after McClendon was indicted by a federal grand jury.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that Aubrey McClendon was charged with conspiring to rig bids for the purchase of oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

The indictment claims that McClendon orchestrated a conspiracy between two large oil and gas companies to not bid against each other for oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

The conspiracy allegedly ran from December 2007 to March 2012, during which time he was CEO of Chesapeake Energy.