Police: McClendon SUV going 78mph when crashed

Posted at 1:11 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 17:02:26-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City police say Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon was driving 78 mph when his SUV hit a bridge support and 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.

RELATED: Police say McClendon not wearing seatbelt at time of crash

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.

LISTEN: 911 calls released from McClendon crash

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