OKLAHOMA CITY -The Oklahoma community is in shock following the death of a well-known businessman.
On Wednesday, authorities with the Oklahoma City Police Department announced that Aubrey McClendon was killed in a car crash along Midwest Blvd.
“He pretty much drove straight into the wall,” Balderrama said. “The information out there at the scene is that he went left of center, went through a grassy area right before colliding into the embankment. There was plenty of opportunity for him to correct and get back on the roadway and that didn’t occur.”
Less than 24 hours before the crash, 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 conspiracy allegedly ran from December 2007 to March 2012, during which time he was CEO of Chesapeake Energy.
In 2007, McClendon spoke with NewsChannel 4’s Kevin Ogle on Flashpoint.
"I think we've worked really hard and I think we've developed a strategy and a winning team," McClendon said about the success of Chesapeake.
In addition to being asked about his business model, McClendon also spoke about the Seattle SuperSonics.
"We do hope the team comes to Oklahoma City, but we do have to make a good faith effort in Seattle to try and convince them about the value of a team up there and they need a multipurpose arena up there and Clay's worked really hard to make that happen. They've got a couple more months to make that happen. If they don't, the team will be on the move and Clay's made it quite clear that the team will be coming to Oklahoma City," McClendon said.
Following the announcement of his death, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett released a statement about McClendon's contribution to the state.
“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Aubrey’s family. We will always appreciate and remember Aubrey’s generosity and civic pride in our community- from his support of countless local charities to the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of OKC. to the arts. His philanthropic investments in local schools and universities, the Boathouse District and throughout our city consistently raised the standards of what Oklahoma City could be. His love and support of this community will loom large for decades to come,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.