Marshfield: Wake held for Engelhardt

Law enforcement walk-by prior to wake for State Trooper Ellen Engelhardt in Marshfield

Friends, relatives and former colleagues gathered in Marshfield on Sunday to pay respects to Massachusetts State Police Trooper Ellen E. Engelhardt.

The 58-year-old died last Wednesday as a result of traumatic injuries she suffered when a drunk driver slammed into her cruiser on Rte. 25 in Wareham in July, 2003.

Engelhardt was in the breakdown lane checking damage to a guardrail at the time.

Dozens of state troopers as well as officers from several local police departments marched in a walk-by up Ocean St. that ended at MacDonald Funeral Home, where Engelhardt was waked Sunday afternoon.

Her funeral will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. Christine’s Catholic Church in Marshfield.

The burial will be private.

At the time of the crash, witnesses told police that then-18 year old William Senne was driving approximately 90 miles per hour when he hit Engelhardt’s cruiser.

Senne pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.  WATD has a call into the Plymouth County DA’s office asking whether he might face additional charges.

Engelhardt, who once lived on Furnace St. in Marshfield, was confined to a wheelchair and unable to communicate after the crash. 

Every year, a road race called Ellie’s Run was held in town to raise money for her care as well as for brain injury research.

Trooper Engelhardt was the 32nd member of the Massachusetts State Police to die from injuries suffered while on duty.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.