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Oklahoma trooper struck by patrolman's vehicle dies

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a trooper who was struck by another trooper's patrol car during a chase has died.

OHP Chief Ricky Adams said on his twitter account and Facebook that 43-year-old Lt. D. Heath Meyer died Monday night.

He is the 36th OHP Trooper to die in the line of duty.

The OHP says Meyer was injured July 14 after putting down strips of spikes along Interstate 35 in Moore in an attempt to stop a fleeing vehicle. The OHP says the driver of the fleeing vehicle avoided the spikes and that two other troopers chasing the driver tried to avoid the strips, but collided and one of the troopers' vehicles hit Meyer.

"His life stands as a testament to the OHP’s passionate commitment to protecting Oklahomans,” Col. Adams said in a statement.

The driver of the fleeing vehicle was later arrested, however court records do not indicate that formal charges have been filed.

“Heath Meyer was an example for all of us of how to serve with humility and grace,” DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson said in a written statement. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration and appreciation for his faithful service to Oklahoma. We will all miss him.”

Meyer is survived by his wife, Missy, and two daughters: Isabelle, 15, and Lily, 10.

KTEN contributed to this report.

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