Oklahoma City Police Officer Chad Peery has died at OU Medical Center following a rollover accident in Seminole County.
Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson confirmed Peery died at 12:18 p.m. Monday.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) is investigating the crash that happened on Interstate 40, near Prague on Sunday, April 14 around 5:30 p.m.
According to the accident report, the 2008 Ford van was driven by 19-year-old Shelby Palmer of Yukon. Her passengers were 36-year-old Chad Peery and four children, 13-year-old McKinsey Peery, 11-year-old Mason Peery, 5-year-old Morgan Peery and 7-year-old McKade Peery.
The van was traveling eastbound on I-40 in the inside lane when the left rear tire blew out. The van then spun out of control, went off the road and down an embankment, rolling three times before crashing into a fence.
Chad Peery, McKinsey Peery, Mason Peery and McKade Peery were thrown from the vehicle. All six patients were transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Chad Peery passed away Monday afternoon from injuries he sustained in the crash. The five other patients are all listed in stable condition at OU Medical Center. The driver, Peery's nurse and caretaker, was the only one wearing a seatbelt.
In 2011, Peery was partially paralyzed after several men beat him up outside a bar. Peery officially went back to work at the Oklahoma City Police Department investigating cyber-crimes.
In lieu of flowers, the Peery family requests donations be made to the Chad Peery Foundation for officers in distress and need as a result of injuries received in the line of duty.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and the City Council released the following statement to express their sympathies to the family of Officer Chad Peery,
"Chad exemplified the courage of our Oklahoma City Police Officers, who routinely put their lives and well-being at risk to serve and protect the people of Oklahoma City," said Mayor Cornett. "In Chad's case, he demonstrated remarkable courage while trying to maintain the peace at an area establishment – an act that left him paralyzed. Chad's life after that incident was perhaps a more inspiring lesson in courage. His injury did not change his commitment or service to this community. He returned to the Oklahoma City Police Department, where he served as an inspiration to his fellow officers and the City of Oklahoma City."
"Our deepest sympathies are extended to his family and friends, as well as his families at the Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma Fraternal Order of Police and the many members of this community touched and inspired by his heroic story."