Previous “American Idol” finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday morning in an auto collision in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Smith was 36.
Smith was included in a multi-auto, wrong-route crash on I-240 simply outside Oklahoma City 3 a.m. As per reports from neighborhood news outlets, a man driving a pickup truck in the wrong bearing pummeled head-on into Smith’s vehicle. The other driver was hospitalized and captured for a DUI. The eastward interstate was closed down for a few hours after the mischance.
“OKC: I-240 east bound at Penn is still shut because of a damage crash,” the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early toward the beginning of today.
Smith showed up on Ruben Studdard’s period of “American Idol” (Season 2), completing in eighth spot.