Massachusetts: Trooper paralyzed by crash of drunk driver in 2003, died


From Boston Channel
BOSTON —
Ellen Engelhardt, a Massachusetts State Police trooper who was paralyzed in a drunken driver crash in 2003, has died  ….MORE

Trooper Englehardt is comforted in court as she struggled to breathe, while the young man who hit her, Willam P. Senne, is at right.  Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe.
More details of the night that drunk teen hit trooper from behind with his daddy’s car emerged in lawsuit….MORE

Statement of Colonel Marian J. McGovern on the Passing of Trooper Ellen Engelhardt

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Trooper Ellen Engelhardt, who was not just a valued colleague but also a dear friend who dedicated her career to protecting the citizens of our state. Since suffering the tragic injuries inflicted upon her in the line of duty by a drunk driver, Trooper Engelhardt has been an inspiration to every member of this Department for the courage, grace and dignity with which she lived. Trooper Engelhardt loved the Massachusetts State Police, and the job loved her back. Our thoughts are with her daughter Lora and the rest of her family and loved ones. We will remain mindful every day – as we continue to confront the dangers posed to our Troopers by impaired drivers – of the full measure of sacrifice that she made in service to the public.
Colonel Marian J. McGovern
Superintendent, Massachusetts State Police