On September 6, 1978, while handling
an accident which had occurred on the
Lewis and Clark viaduct (I-70 at the Kansas/Missouri
state line), Officer Perry was struck
by a truck and killed while working an accident scene for a prior accident involving a car and a pickup truck. Officer Perry was working in an accident scene that had been blocked off ten minutes before when a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel and traveling at 40 miles per hour veered toward six persons helping clear the highway. Officer Perry was struck and killed in the accident. Tow truck driver RIchard West, 32, was thrown 100 feet severing one leg and requiring the other leg to be amputated in the emergency room. William Roberts, 54, a passerby who stopped to help, was hospitalized with rib and pelvic fractures.
Officer Perry had been with the Kansas
City Police Department for six years and
served with the United States Army for
a two year tour in Vietnam. He was survived
by his wife and three children.
Interred: Mt Moriah Cemetery.