A paralyzed Oklahoma City police officer who was critically injured in a Seminole County accident over the weekend died Monday afternoon, leaving behind four children who remained hospitalized from injuries suffered in that crash.
Chad Peery, 36, died about noon Monday at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.
Peery, a well-known Oklahoma City police officer, was making great improvements in his recovery after being injured and left partially paralyzed when he tried to break up a bar fight in 2011.
Troopers said Peery’s van was involved in the rollover accident late Sunday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 40, near Prague at mile marker 198.
Chad Peery was a passenger in a 2008 Ford Van being driven by his caregiver, Shelby Palmer, 19, Yukon.
Also passengers in the van were Peery’s four children, McKinsey Peery, 13, Mason Peery, 11, Morgan Peery, 5, and McKade Peery, 7, all of Stigler.
Troopers said the accident occurred about 5:24 p.m. when the van had a blowout on the left rear tire, which caused the van to enter the outside lane in a broadslide and rotate as it departed the roadway to the right. The OHP said the van traveled down an embankment and rolled three times before hitting a fence.
Chad Peery, along with all of the children except Morgan Peery, were ejected in that rollover crash, the patrol said.
Chad Peery went by Life Flight helicopter to OU Medical Center in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries Monday.
Peery’s four children all remained hospitalized Monday at OU Medical Center,
McKinsey Peery, 13, who was transported by Air Evac helicopter with head and internal trunk injuries, was listed in good condition Monday.
Mason Peery, 11, who went by REACT EMS ambulance to Oklahoma City with internal trunk injuries, was listed in serious condition Monday, a hospital representative said.
Morgan Peery, 5, who was transported by Eagle Med helicopter ambulance with head and internal injuries, was listed in fair condition Monday.
McKade Peery, who also went by REACT EMS ambulance, was listed in good condition Monday.
A hospital representative said Monday that Palmer, who was transported to the hospital by REACT ambulance, had been treated for her injuries and discharged.
According to Trooper David Brown’s report, seat belts were in use by Palmer but no one else in the van.
Officer Peery’s death was publicly announced Monday by Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson, who said the Peery family is asking for privacy.
In a statement, Nelson said, “On this day, the Peery family has lost a devoted father, a brother and son. The police department has lost a valued brother and partner. The community lost a public servant and a hero.”
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