UPDATE: Victim dead after March 7th crash involving ISP trooper

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Family members have confirmed to Newscenter 16 that 19-year-old, Robert Lee Perez, of Mishawaka is dead, after a March 7th crash involving an Indiana State Trooper.

Three people were originally hospitalized after a crash at the intersection of Ireland and Linden Roads on South Bend's south side around 8 p.m.

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 emergency lights activated. Ennis was traveling westbound on Ireland Road approaching the intersection of Linden Road prior to the crash.

A preliminary investigation indicates that a white 2003 Hyundai Elantra driven by Perez, 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

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

Perez was originally taken to the hospital with massive head trauma. He was in a medically induced coma on life support until his death, Monday.

20-year-old Danielle Cutler, of South Bend, was in the car with Perez on the night of the accident and was also hospitalized. According to staff at Memorial Hospital she is in fair 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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