OKLAHOMA CITY (AP & KSNW) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says one person was killed in a wrong-way crash early Friday on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma City.
The eastbound interstate was shut down for several hours after the 3 a.m. crash. The highway patrol said in a report that 36-year-old Rickey E. Smith Jr. of Oklahoma City died after a truck driving the wrong direction on Interstate 240 crashed head-on into his car.
The driver of the truck was treated and released from an Oklahoma City hospital. The fatal crash remains under investigation.
Smith appeared on season 2 of “American Idol” on Fox. Clay Aiken took to Twitter to express his sadness. Ruben Studdard made a post to Instagram.
— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) May 6, 2016
As I sit here in utter disbelief about the fact that you went to be with the Lord. I think back on all the fun times we had. How we set up for hours in our room in the Idol Mansion talking and listening to music. How much fun we all had on our very first tour. You were the heart of our season and the true definition of a real friend.. I will miss you my Friend RIP Ricky Smith. I'm sure you're in heaven singing you're heart out!!!