Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery died this morning due to injuries received in a crash on Interstate 40 in Seminole County near Prague, troopers said.
At 5:34 p.m. Sunday, a 2008 Ford van being driven by a Yukon woman was traveling east on I-40 in the inside lane when it experienced a blow out on the left rear tire, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The van entered the outside lane in a broadslide, rotating about 180 degrees to the right and left the roadway to the right, troopers said. It traveled down an embankment and rolled three times, struck a fence and came to a rest on its wheels.
Four passengers were ejected from the vehicle, troopers said. According to the OHP four passengers were transported to OU Medical Center:
• Shelby Palmer, 19, of Yukon, who was driving the van, was listed in stable condition;
• Chad Peery, 36, of Oklahoma City, succumbed to his injuries late Monday morning;
• McKinsey Peery, 13, of Stigler, was listed in stable condition;
• Mason Peery, 11, of Stigler, was listed in stable condition;
• Morgan Peery, 5, of Stigler, was listed in stable condition; and
• McKade Peery, 7, of Stigler, was listed in stable condition.
Troopers said seat belts were in use by the driver, and the van was equipped with airbags, which did not deploy. The crash occurred in clear and dry weather, the report states.
Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery became a household name after a brutal attack left him paralyzed. At 10:17 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011, Oklahoma City Police were summoned to Dan O’Briens at 2747 W. Memorial Road regarding an off-duty Oklahoma City police officer who had been assaulted.
When officers arrived they found Peery seriously injured, just outside of the front doors of the business. Investigators learned an employee who recognized him as a police officer told him about a disturbance inside the business.
Peery, who was unarmed, interceded and asked the men to leave. As he was escorting the three men from the business, two of them began to assault him. Peery suffered a serious spinal cord injury during the attack.
Metro residents have been offering support for Peery and the others injured in the crash. Edmond residents were among those who have helped the officer with various needs since his spinal cord injury.
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