Funeral For State Trooper Severely Hurt In 2003 Crash

MARSHFIELD (CBS/AP) – A pioneering Massachusetts state trooper was laid to rest Monday.

Funeral services for Trooper Ellen Engelhardt were held at St. Christine’s Catholic Church in Marshfield.

Engelhardt was one of the department’s first female troopers. She was the first woman Massachusetts trooper to die in the line of duty.

She passed away last week nearly eight years after suffering “traumatic and life-altering injuries” when a speeding drunk driver struck her cruiser.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Witnesses told police that the driver was driving 90 miles per hour when he hit Engelhardt’s cruiser in the breakdown lane of Route 25 in Wareham in July 2003.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports.

The driver, William Senne of Wayland, pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was sentenced in 2005 to 2 1/2 years in prison.

trooper ellen engelhardt Funeral For State Trooper Severely Hurt In 2003 Crash

Trooper Ellen Engelhardt

Capt. Patricia Driscoll was a classmate of Engelhardt at the police academy. She remembered how hard Engelhardt worked as a single mother.

“We saw what she went through and she gave us the inspiration to make it. She never complained. She always had a smile on her face,” Driscoll said.

Engelhardt’s daughter accepted her mother’s State Police hat at the end of the services.

“She was a person who was true to herself and everything she did came from her heart. She was just a great person,” said State Police Superintendent Col. Marian McGovern.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields contributed to this report.

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  • Suzanne Gaddy

    @ Jim, you must be crazy for making a comment like this. Check your facts. She was basically dead 8 yrs ago when the DRUNK driver hit her vehicle in the breakdown lane. Left in a wheelchair breathing was about all her life was up til now. A benefits scam? Not enough money in the world or benefits to her or her family for what happened. What is sick is the drunk driver only getting 2.5 yrs in prison. No justice there!!

  • tsal

    I’d love to pretend you didn’t make that comment but maybe -just maybe – some of the police bashers out there will see themselves in your mirror and understand how very pathetic it is.

  • emom

    This is a perfect example of how little the system cares for VICTIMS… No one deserves to have their world torn apart due to the irresponsibility of a selfish , self centered immoral drunk. The one that caused this horrific tragedy should have served LIFE. However to few even serve the full sentence, where as a large amount never serve time. I have little respect for anyone that choices to Pick up that drink anywhere then get behind the wheel of a vehicle and then drive. Don’t give me you have control, it only takes once . I feel so sad for this troopers family, they not only lost a great person, but they lost the life they could have had with her. It’s a tragedy to see that the system have no sympathy for the victim but, they sure show sympathy to the criminal. Nobody deserves to live like this trooper had to, further more have some compassion , God forbid you would have to see a family member in this state, She sure didn’t deserve that life. Cop or not.

  • Julie

    as a nurse who took care of Ellen back when she had been hit I can assure you there was no insurance scam…she has suffered and had her life turned upside down…My heart goes out to her and her wonderful family

  • Tim


  • Petetm

    You’re an idiot. Plain and simple.

  • macmum

    It appears that Jim’s comment has been deleted since i can’t see it. But for anyone to be less than minimally sympathetic for this trooper is disgusting. This woman was a single mother with an 8 year old daughter who was working an honest job and had her life stolen from her by a moron that chose to drink and drive. It never ceases to amaze me how many people want to “kill the messanger” in that they want to blame the police for their own bad behavior. The reality is that we live in a country with laws that we’ve all agreed to live by and these officers job is to enforce those laws to protect us from people like this drunk driver and in some cases, from our own bad choices to speed, steal, etc.and put others at risk in that selfish process. I’m guessing that Jim got a speeding ticket and is venting. Get over yourself buddy and realize that you are SO off the mark! We live in a society that worries about the rights of the perpatrator instead of the victim which is a challenge in itself. Jim, if you’re ever a victim…God help you!

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