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‘American Idol’ Finalist Involved in Fatal Car Crash

Rickey E. Smith made his name known to America when he competed alongside Ruben Studdard in season two of American Idol.

Sadly, the artist was involved in a fatal multi-car, wrong way collision early Friday morning in Oklahoma. Smith was 36.

According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda, Jr. was driving a pick-up truck heading west on eastbound lanes and crashed into Smith’s vehicle, causing multiple blunt force injuries.

Cerda has been treated for injuries and released from the hospital. He is now facing DUI charges.

Studdard took to his Instagram to send condolences.