MARSHFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for a Massachusetts state trooper who died Wednesday as a result of injuries she suffered when a drunk driver slammed into her cruiser eight years ago.

State police said Trooper Ellen Engelhardt died following “traumatic and life-altering injuries” from the 2003 crash.

A wake will be held Sunday afternoon at the MacDonald Funeral Home in Marshfield. A law enforcement walk-by will be held just before it. The funeral will be held Monday morning at Saint Christine’s Catholic Church in Marshfield.

Witnesses told police that William Senne was driving 90 miles per hour when he hit Engelhardt’s cruiser in the breakdown lane of Route 25 in Wareham.

Senne pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was sentenced in 2005 to 2 1/2 years in prison.

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  1. Willow says:

    Will we ever rid the roadways of drunk drivers, people on cell pnones, talking or texting, anything that distracts a driver with everything but driving? How many people have to die by a drunk or distracted driver before the roadways are safe? My sympathy to the family of this woman, and with all my heart I wish there would be no more families mourning a loved one lost to a drunk driver.

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