Aubrey McClendon, the Oklahoma City Thunder co-owner who died on March 2 after crashing his SUV into a concrete bridge just hours after being indicted on a conspiracy charge, “tapped the brakes” several times before the fatal crash, according to a report on TMZ.
Cops aren’t clear if that meant the 56-year-old wasn’t trying to kill himself.
Aubrey McClendon’s SUV smashed into a concrete bridge at 78 miles per hour https://t.co/KfW3WM0qmL
— Scott Austin (@ScottMAustin) March 14, 2016
McClendon’s SUV hit the bridge at such a high rate of speed, the vehicle burst into flames almost immediately after impact.
In a March 14 news conference, officials said McClendon’s car was going 88 mph just 5 seconds before impact, before slowing to 78 mph at the time of the crash. Cops aren’t considering his tapping the brakes as “breakage,” because he stopped hitting the brakes 31 feet from the bridge wall.
— Bloomberg Business (@business) March 14, 2016
In addition, the medical examiner is saying he didn’t have some sort of medical episode in the moments leading up to the crash, which fuels more credence to the suicide theory.
McClendon, the oil and gas pioneer, though was clearly under some pressure when the fatal crash occurred.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) March 12, 2016
McClendon skipped his private dinner party plans the night before, which had a guest list that included former Mexico president Vicente Fox. This was just after U.S. prosecutors had announced his indictment for allegedly conspiring with a competitor to suppress land prices by rigging bids while heading his former energy company, Chesapeake Energy.
A review of McClendon’s records showed that the former billionaire no longer controlled the majority of his most profitable ventures—his stakes in thousands of oil and well interests that were from his time as CEO of Chesapeake Energy. Records show he was in the process of transferring them to his friend, Clayton Bennett, of Dorchester Capital.
— Henry Blodget (@hblodget) March 12, 2016
Meanwhile his biggest investor—Energy & Mills Group of Houston—was no longer doing any new business with him. In addition, McClendon had to pay at least $3 million to Chesapeake Energy to settle a legal dispute relating to McClendon taking confidential information with him when he left the company to start his own.