UPDATE: Three hospitalized after crash involving ISP trooper

By: News Center 16 Staff Email
By: News Center 16 Staff Email
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Three people were hospitalized Thursday night after a crash involving an Indiana State Police trooper.

According to the Indiana State Police, Trooper William B. Ennis left the hospital early Friday morning with a broken ankle.

WNDU spoke with Roberts’s mom and sister, both said that he is in a medically induced coma, is on life support, and will be in that state for about a week.

They also say that he is suffering from massive head trauma and had tests done Friday.

Danielle Cutler was in the car with Perez.

She too is still in the hospital, but according to the staff at Memorial Hospital she is in fair condition.

The wreck happened around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Ireland and Linden Roads on South Bend's south side.

According to the Indiana State Police, Trooper William B. Ennis, 32, of rural St. Joseph County, was on his way to assist the St. Joseph County Sheriff's Department with a reported vehicle crash when the collision occurred. He was operating his fully marked Indiana State Police car with its emergency lights activated and was traveling westbound on Ireland Road approaching the intersection with Linden Road prior to the crash.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a white 2003 Hyundai Elantra driven by Robert Lee Perez, 19, of Mishawaka, entered the intersection southbound on Linden Road, where it was struck broadside by Ennis' police car. Perez was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by the South Bend Fire Department.

Both Perez and his passenger, Danielle Cutler, 20, of South Bend, were taken to a local hospital, where Perez was reportedly in critical condition and Cutler was said to be in serious condition. An officer at the scene initially reported that Perez died of his injuries, but the public information officer for the Indiana State Police says the officer misstated information about his condition.

Ennis, a five-year veteran of the State Police, was also hospitalized locally with injuries to his hip and lower extremities. He was last listed in stable condition.

The crash remains under investigation.

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