You never can tell what life has in store for you. For 36-year-old former American Idol contestant Rickey E. Smith, Jr., what might have been a simple drive home ended in tragedy.
On May 6th, this Oklahoma native was killed in a gruesome accident on Interstate 240 in Oklahoma. He was the only casualty in the brutal accident, which happened in the early Friday morning hours.
Rickey was a finalist in season 2 of American Idol, and upon his return Oklahoma honored his incredible performance on the show. “You bring pride to Oklahoma, you bring recognition to Oklahoma; we’re excited for your achievements,” Fmr. Secretary of State, Susan Savage said, according to FOX25/OKC.
According to police reports, Rickey was heading eastbound on the Interstate. Driving a pickup truck heading west in the eastbound lanes, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda, Jr. collided head-on with Rickey.
There were reports of the odor of alcohol in Cerda’s truck, and he is currently facing DUI charges. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rickey’s family.
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