A new report was released this week that shed more light on the fatal one car accident that killed former Oklahoma University football star James “Jimbo” Elrod.
On December 12, the All-American defensive end was killed in a single-vehicle crash at about 3:45 am on Interstate 44 close to Chandler and 60 miles southwest of Tulsa. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the 62-year-old was killed when his 2015 Lexus hit a guardrail and he was ejected through the sun roof. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A preliminary report said Elrod was not wearing a seatbelt. His wife, Diana Elrod, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s report noted that a trooper who responded to the scene noticed an aroma of alcohol coming from Elrod. According to the medical examiner’s toxicology report released this week, Elrod has no alcohol in his system. The report also found that Elrod died from multiple blunt force trauma in the accident.
Elrod, who played at the University of Oklahoma from 1973 to 1975, was the second car accident fatality in 2015 involving Oklahoma football stars. In October, former NFL defensive lineman Dennis Byrd was killed in an accident in Oklahoma.