MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding the death of oil and gas executive Aubrey McClendon.
The former Chesapeake CEO died Wednesday morning, March 2, after his Chevy Tahoe crashed into the Turnpike bridge embankment on Midwest Blvd.
At this point, investigators are expected to reconstruct the accident to determine exactly what happened.
Sgt. John Shuck with the Midwest City Police Department said serious and fatal accidents always leave behind questions.
“Obviously, everybody wants to know, you know, why? That’s the main question. Why, why did this happen, or what caused this?” said Shuck, who does accident reconstruction for Midwest City police. “You’ve got to put all the pieces together to the puzzle.”
Even though Shuck is not investigating McClendon’s crash, he does have a bit of insight into the process.
Shuck said the first thing he does at an accident scene is close off the area to preserve all evidence and markings, especially since measurements play a big role in accident reconstruction.
“If you can get from point of impact to point of rest, you can get speeds and stuff by different formulas you use,” Shuck said.
Also, the vehicle's 'black box' or event data recorder can provide extremely valuable information - the newer the car, the more questions it can answer.
“One vehicle may give you if he turned the wheel of the car a two-degree turn. They give you if his foot was on the brake, you know, 50 percent or 25 percent. It may tell you if he was on the accelerator,” Shuck said.
He said they can hook their computer up to the vehicle, and it will download the information from the black box.
It told them what was going on at one crash where a driver veered across the center line into oncoming traffic.
“We were able to determine that he was not on the brake at any point in time. He was actually on the accelerator, and it gave us a percentage of that,” Shuck said.
In the end, it turned out that driver was under the influence of drugs.
The Midwest City Police Department also has a virtual program that lets them reenact an accident by inputting measurements taken at the scene.
You can even use the program to see an accident from the perspective of those involved.
“You can drop cameras inside the actual vehicles and, so, it almost kind of gives you an idea that you’re sitting inside that car when it crashes,” Shuck said.
Oklahoma City police have said it will take about two weeks to complete their investigation into McClendon’s crash.