American Idol, such sad news. Tragic news has been reported by TMZ, a former 2003 contestant, thirty-six-year-old Rickey Smith was killed the morning of May 5, 2016, from multiple blunt force injuries, by a driver, who was allegedly drunk driving the wrong way the street plowing into the car in which he was in. It was the second season of the singing talent show in which Smith appeared on being beating out by winner Ruben Studdard, who left him a tribute
Smith was traveling on the I-240 freeway outside of Oklahoma City just after 3 a.m. when another driver, identified by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as Gerardo Cerda Jr., collided head-on with Smith’s Honda Accord. Cerda, 27, who was traveling west in the eastbound lane in a GMC pickup truck, was treated at a local hospital following the crash. He was then transferred to jail after members of the patrol detected an odor of alcohol in Cerda’s truck.
At this time, the crash is still being investigated, reported Smith and Cerda were both wearing seatbelts at the time
Clay Aiken said, Friday
“Suffice it to say my heart is truly breaking today,”Heaven’s choir has a new beautiful voice. I love you and will miss you, Rickey.”
Many other tributes are pouring in, such sad heartbreaking news for his fans, family, and American Idol contestants who knew Smith. Before Idol Smith was a teacher.