MAYES COUNTY, Okla (KFSM) -- According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck is dead after a vehicle accident on State Hwy. 82 in Mayes County.
Cradduck, 49, was driving a 2008 Ford Ranger heading southbound on State Highway 82 on Sunday (Jan. 5) at approximately 1:46 p.m.
Cradduck departed the roadway to the right, hitting a Chevron sign, several small trees, and rolled an undetermined amount of times.
He then struck a tree coming to rest on its passenger side.
Cradduck exited the vehicle and walked 220 feet north of the car on the other side of the roadway.
He was found dead at the scene and pronounced dead by Alan Garoutte with the M.E.'s Office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 5:18 p.m.
Cradduck was transported to Shipmans Funeral Home in Pryor, Oklahoma.
Cradduck was Benton County Sheriff from 2012 until his resignation in 2016.
Lieutenant Shannon Jenkins, with the Benton County Sheriff's Office, released the following statement about Cradduck's death:
"We have recently learned of the passing of Kelly Cradduck. We send our deepest condolences to the family. Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends and children."
The Rogers Police Department released the following statement on its Facebook page:
"The Rogers Police Department was saddened to hear about the untimely death of former Benton County Sheriff Kelley Cradduck.
Kelley worked at the Rogers Police Department for 15 years. He started in March 1995 and served until he resigned in June 2010.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."