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UPDATE: Oklahoma City police officer dies from crash injuries

Police officer Chad Peery has died from injuries he suffered Sunday in a crash in Seminole County. The Peery children are reported to be in serious to good condition at OU Medical Center.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm •  Published: April 14, 2013

Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery died shortly after noon Monday from injuries he suffered in a crash Sunday evening on Interstate 40, authorities said.

“The police department has a suffered a great loss,” Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

The family has donated Peery’s organs, Nelson said. They declined to comment immediately.

The family asked that donations in Peery’s memory be made to the Chad Peery Foundation.

Peery, his caretaker and four family members were eastbound in a van on I-40 east of Shawnee in Seminole County about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when the van crashed, Nelson said.

The van was in the inside lane and when the left rear tire blew out. The van went into a slide, went down an embankment and rolled three full times before hitting a fence, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Peery, 36, of Oklahoma City, and McKinsey Peery, 13, Mason Peery, 11, and McKade Peery, 7, all of Stigler, were thrown from the vehicle. The driver, Shelby Palmer, 19, of Yukon, and passenger Morgan Peery, 5, of Stigler, also were injured in the crash, troopers said.

Only the driver was wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

All six were taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

According to a hospital spokeswoman, Palmer was released Monday. Mason Peery is in serious condition, Morgan Peery is in fair condition, and McKade and McKinsey Peery are in good condition.

Officer Peery was paralyzed Feb. 15, 2011, when he intervened to break up a bar fight while off duty at Dan O’Brien’s Public House.

The three men involved in the attack all pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.

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