3 takeaways from Monday's Aubrey McClendon press conference
Details were scant at Monday afternoon's Oklahoma City Police Department press conference about the crash that killed energy industry leader Aubrey McClendon on March 2. Here's what we learned.
1. McClendon's car was traveling nearly 90 mph seconds before the crash
According to data from the vehicle's event data recorder, McClendon's 2013 Chevy Tahoe was traveling at 88 mph five seconds before the crash — nearly 40 miles faster than the posted speed limit. Oklahoma City police Chief Bill Citty said investigators determined that the vehicle had slowed to about 78 miles per hour when it crashed into a bridge abutment. The vehicle may have lost momentum on the soft dirt shoulder before striking the bridge, Citty said.
2. McClendon didn't brake before the crash
The vehicle's event data recorder shows McClendon lightly tapped his brakes several times before the crash. But Citty said McClendon didn't apply enough pressure on the brakes to slow the car. Citty said investigators don't know why McClendon tapped his brakes but apparently didn't attempt to stop the car.
3. McClendon's manner of death remains undetermined
Citty emphasized that investigators don't know what caused the crash, and he wouldn't speculate on the events leading up to it. But he said investigators haven't ruled out the possibility that McClendon crashed his car deliberately.
"Anything's possible," he said.
Investigators will be speaking to family members and others close to McClendon in the coming days, Citty said.
The state medical examiner ruled that McClendon died from multiple blunt force trauma, but the manner of death — that is, whether or not McClendon's death was accidental — has not been determined.