Man Indicted On New Charges In State Trooper’s Death

BOSTON (CBS) – The man who struck and severely injured a Massachusetts state trooper in 2003 has been indicted on new charges following her death.

William Senne will be arraigned next week on motor vehicle homicide charges.

He was 18 years old in 2003 when he crashed into the cruiser of trooper Ellen Engelhardt. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving and driving to endanger, and was released in 2007.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

Engelhardt died this past June from those injuries. She had spent the last eight years unable to communicate.

State Police Colonel Marian J. McGovern released a statement about the new indictment:

“We are grateful for District Attorney Cruz’s efforts to seek justice for Trooper Ellen Engelhardt. Nothing can ever fill the hole left in the hearts and lives of those who knew and loved Ellen, but it is entirely fitting that the person whose actions caused this tragedy be held accountable for her death. Not a day passes that the Massachusetts State Police do not recall, with solemnity and sadness, Ellen’s full measure of sacrifice. Her example inspires us, and will continue to do so for all our days.”

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  • JohnC

    A good and decent police officer was horribly injured, then died. No matter what happens to Mr. Senne, there is nothing that can erase the pain and the loss of Trooper Englehardt.

  • sympathizer

    I feel sad for the trooper, should never have happened, but what good does it do to take another life? I believe this has gone to far, and certainly seems like a personal vendetta. How many repeat offenders are given a slap on the wrist and sent home to offend again? Those are the individuals who should be put in jail for a very long time. This was a young kid who made a terrible mistake, but does that mean that no matter when she would have died, he should be tried for murder? How long —10/20/30 years later? He has turned his life around, and has not had any issues since this has happened. He took his punishment, has gone on to make an honest living, and will live with this for the rest of his life. Who knows, he may someday go on to be vocal example to others of what not to do while growing up. This is far different than a repeat offender who has no regard for the law. I wonder what Trooper Engelhardt would have wanted, would she have forgiven and allowed the young man to serve just his original sentence, knowing he had become a productive citizen?

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