Oklahoma Car Crash Leaves Off-Duty Officer With Critical Head Injuries
Posted on Sep 25, 2013
An Oklahoma car crash has left an Oklahoma City police officer in critical condition with a serious head injury. Matt Grice, 32, of Harrah, has been with the OKC police force since 2008 and was off duty when the accident happened. Grice was stopped at a red light at U.S. 177 at 45th Street in Shawnee when his Jeep was struck by a van, according to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol report. The driver of the van, Michael Monroe, 53, of Oklahoma City, said he was distracted by one of his passengers.
Monroe and his passenger were not injured, but another passenger was taken to OU Medical Center and admitted in good condition with a head injury. The initial police report said Grice was the only one not wearing a seat belt, but it has since been revised to say that he was wearing his seat belt.
In addition to being a police office in Oklahoma City for the past five years, Grice is also an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter. He has undergone brain surgery and remains in critical condition, with more scans and surgeries expected.
Grice had been injured in a car crash in the past as well. He was involved in a wreck where his head went through the windshield and he was forced to undergo many different surgeries to his head, face, elbow, and knee.
Our thoughts are with Matt Grice's family and friends during this difficult time. Grice's family is accepting donations to help pay for his medical bills.