LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state trooper has been killed in a car crash while he was headed to help another trooper.
Indiana State Police said in a news release that 27-year-old Peter R. Stephan of Lafayette died late Friday after his car struck a utility pole in Tippecanoe County.
Police said the crash happened after his car went off the road and rolled on Old State Road 25 while heading toward Americus.
Police said they don’t know why his car left the road. Police said Stephan was responding to another trooper’s request for help.
Stephan had worked for Indiana State Police for four years. He’s survived by his wife and a 6-month-old daughter.
Gov. Eric Holcomb released a statement Saturday: “Janet and I were heartbroken to learn about the death of Trooper Stephan.
We ask that all Hoosiers join us in offering prayers and condolences to Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and colleagues in law enforcement.”
Those wishing to make a donation to Stephan's family may do so at any Old National Bank branch under the name Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation/Peter Stephan.
State Police say it's the only account agreed upon by the family, and the opening of additional fund raising accounts is discouraged.