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Oklahoma City police officials have determined that the car crash that killed former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon earlier this year was likely an accident.

According to KFOR, police officials have found no evidence to indicate that the crash was a suicide.

“We can’t rule out suicide as a cause of the crash, but we have found no evidence which would lead us to believe it was a suicide,” Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Paco Balderrama told KFOR.

The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office is still working on its report.

McClendon died in a car accident in early March, barely a day after he was indicted on charges of conspiring to rig bids for the purchase of oil and natural gas leases.

Information gathered from the vehicle’s data box by police indicated that McClendon was travelling more than 40 miles per hour over the speed limit and not wearing a seat belt in the minutes leading up to the crash.

Police investigators believe that McClendon, 56, likely died of multiple blunt force traumas to his head and torso before his vehicle caught fire.

Police added that the vehicle’s brakes seemed to be working properly.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in early March that McClendon had “orchestrated” a bid rigging scheme between “two large oil and gas companies” that ran from December 2007 to March 2012.

In a statement issued before his death, McClendon denied any wrongdoing and said the charges were “wrong and unprecedented.”

A lawsuit filed in early March indicated that the second company named in the DOJ indictment was Oklahoma-based SandRidge Energy.

Former SandRidge Energy CEO and chairman Tom Ward co-founded Chesapeake Energy with McClendon in 1989.

The U.S. Department of Justice dropped its antitrust investigation into SandRidge Energy’s leasing practices in April.


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