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OKCPD: McClendon wasn't wearing seat belt

Posted at 8:16 AM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-03 09:16:56-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Police say former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon wasn't wearing a seat belt when his SUV slammed into a concrete embankment and burst into flames in Oklahoma City, killing him.

Oklahoma City Police Captain Paco Balderrama also says McClendon was traveling above the speed limit of 50 miles per hour when his sport utility vehicle crossed the center line and crashed Wednesday. The 56-year-old energy executive and part-owner of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team was the only person in the vehicle.

The crash happened a day after a federal grand jury indicted McClendon for allegedly conspiring to rig bids for oil and natural gas leases in northwest Oklahoma.

Balderrama says it's too early to tell whether the crash was intentional. He says the state medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.