Former OU football star killed in car wreck

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. – A former OU football star was killed in a car wreck early Monday morning.

Around 3:45 a.m. Monday, James “Jimbo” Elrod, 62, was driving his 2015 Lexus along the Turner Turnpike near Chandler with his wife, Diana Elrod, when he crashed into a guardrail, a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol states.

The crash caused Elrod’s vehicle to roll over.

Elrod, who officials say was not wearing a seat-belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife was medi-flighted to an Oklahoma City hospital in serious condition.

Officials say she was wearing her seat-belt at the time of the crash.

Although a trooper at the scene noted that he detected the odor of alcohol coming from Elrod, it hasn’t been confirmed if he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Elrod was an All-American football linebacker at the University of Oklahoma from 1973-1975.


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