OKLAHOMA CITY – A man who is accused of killing an ‘American Idol’ contestant has pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the case.
“We received a call about 3:15 a.m. about a wrong-way driver on the interstate and that it was a Chevrolet pickup that was headed west bound in the east bound lanes,” Capt. Paul Timmons, with Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said in 2016.
Smith, a former 'American Idol' finalist, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
“Rickey was one in a million. He smiled all day. He was caring, loving. The man could sing, sing, sing,” Smith’s cousin, Donnie, told KFOR over Facebook.
Investigators at the scene of the crash noted that Cerda may have been drunk at the time of the wreck.
Last week, Cerda pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter charge related to the crash.
Cerda was sentenced to 15 years in prison.