‘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.
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!!!