Highway Patrol Officer Andy Chan breathing on his own after crash

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- There is a positive update concerning the Philadelphia police officer who suffered a traumatic injury in an accident last month.

Highway patrolman Andy Chan was successfully weaned off a ventilator Monday and is now breathing on his own.

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Officers gather to pray for injured colleague Ofc. Andy Chan: Dann Cuellar reports on Action News at 11 p.m., January 16, 2019

Action News is told Chan is no longer considered in a coma.

Intensive rehabilitation efforts are being scheduled.

Chan was struck by a minivan in Northeast Philadelphia while on his police motorcycle just after 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3. along a section of Rhawn Street that runs between Roosevelt Boulevard and Frankford Avenue.

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Outpouring of support for injured Philadelphia motorcycle officer. Bob Brooks reports during Action News at 4pm on January 4, 2019.

Police said the 79-year-old driver of a Ford minivan was coming out of Pennypack Park on to Rhawn Street when he crashed into Officer Chan's motorcycle.

Investigators said the impact threw Chan about 25 feet.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said he believes, as do the surgeons, that Chan's helmet helped him stay alive.

The driver of the minivan remained at the scene of the accident. Police said the driver was not impaired and there was no sign of recklessness.

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Chopper 6 over procession to hospital for injured motorcycle officer in Northeast Philadelphia on January 3, 2019.

Ross said although Chan was headed to his headquarters, he was on his marked cycle, so he would consider him on-duty.

Chan was very active in police recruiting. He was featured in a police recruiting video where he recalled as a boy the police officers who came into his parent's restaurant at 10th and Race streets to get something to eat.

"I said to them, 'I want to become a police officer,'" Chan said in the video.

He later would become a member of the department's elite Highway Patrol Unit. The highly decorated officer would also become a valuable advocate in the department's minority recruiting efforts.

"You love working with people, you love doing good things for people, this is the best job you could do. It's the best," Chan said in the recruiting video.

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Ofc. Andy Chan is a decorated officer, revered within department: Dann Cuellar reports on Action News at 10 p.m., January 3, 2019

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