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Mass. state trooper injured in 2003 crash dies

June 1, 2011

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BOSTON—Massachusetts state police have announced the death of a trooper who suffered severe brain injury in 2003 when a drunken driver slammed into her cruiser.

Police Colonel Marian McGovern said in a statement Wednesday that Trooper Ellen Engelhardt died following "traumatic and life-altering injuries" from the crash.

McGovern called Engelhardt a "valued colleague" and "a dear friend."

Witnesses told state police that 20-year-old William Senne was driving 90 miles per hour when he hit Engelhardt's cruiser in the breakdown lane of Route 25 in Wareham. The 22-year state police veteran had pulled over to examine guardrail damage.

Senne apologized in court for the crash, pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was sentenced in 2005 to 2 1/2 years in prison.