Officer Carey was killed when the police van he was riding in collided with a police cruiser as both vehicles were responding to an officer needs assistance call. The accident occurred as both vehicles entered an intersection at a high rate of speed. The impact knocked the police van onto its side and onto another vehicle. It took rescue workers over an hour to free Officer Carey and the driver of the van. Both other officers were injured and were flown to a local hospital. The accident is still under investigation and it is not known if the officers were wearing their seat belts. Officer Carey is survived by his wife.