Rickey Smith, ‘American Idol’ Finalist, Killed in Car Crash (Report)

Rickey Smith, ‘American Idol’ Finalist, Killed in Car Crash (Report)


Rickey Smith, a Season 2 finalist on “American Idol,”  died early Friday in a car crash just outside of Oklahoma City, TMZ reports. He was 36.

According to KOCO 5  the crash occurred when a pickup truck traveling the wrong way on I-240 struck Smith’s Honda Accord shortly after 3 a.m. Smith died in the crash.

The driver of the pickup truck, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr., was hospitalized. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers detected the smell of alcohol on Cerda, KOCO reports. A spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol told TheWrap that officers are consulting with the district attorney to determine what kind of charges might be filed.

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Smith competed in the 2003 season of “Idol,” facing off against rivals such as Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard. Studdard went on to win the season.

TheWrap has reached out to Fox for comment.

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