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Officer dies of injuries suffered in car crash; Was off-duty when vehicle flipped over

A Buffalo police crash investigator who was severely injured in an off-duty one-car crash 11 days ago died Christmas night in Erie County Medical Center.

Officer Anthony L. Douglas, 57, was driving south on Main Street near Depew Avenue at 4:23 a.m. Dec. 16 when his car veered into a center median and flipped over at least once.

Douglas had returned to work just a week before the crash after an extended sick leave for a work-related back injury.

Douglas, a 29-year police veteran, had been hospitalized since the crash, and died just after 10 p.m. Sunday.

Family, friends and fellow officers had been at Douglas' bedside since the crash, department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Monday. "At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family," DeGeorge said.

Several hours before the crash, Douglas had been called in to work overtime to assist in a drunken driving investigation.

Police have said they did not know where Douglas was headed at the time of the crash, but they added there were no signs alcohol was involved.

Douglas' car veered right, then left and into a median on Main Street, investigators have said.

Douglas began his career in the department in February 1982, according to city payroll records.