Former American Idol finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday morning in a automobile disintegrate in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Smith was 36.
Smith was involved in a multi-car, wrong-way crash on I-2 40 just outside Oklahoma City at around 3 a.m. According to reports from local news shops, 27 -year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr. was traveling in a pickup truck thoughts westbound in the eastbound trails, and threw head-on into Smiths vehicle.
Smith was pronounced dead at the stage. Cerda was hospitalized and now faces DUI charges.
The eastbound interstate was shut down for more than three hours after the accident, but had now been been opened.
OKC: I-2 40 east attached at Penn is still closed due to an injury crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early this morning.
OKC: I-2 40 east bound at Penn is still shut due to serious injuries collision…TT
— Okla. Highway Patrol (@ OHPtraffic) May 6, 2016
Smith appeared on Ruben Studdards season of American Idol( Season 2 ), cease in eighth lieu. Smith was reputation by the territory of Oklahoma in 2003 for his rendition on the show.