Trooper killed in Christmas Day accident - KMOV.com

Trooper killed in Christmas Day accident

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By Jacob Kuerth By Jacob Kuerth
By Jacob Kuerth By Jacob Kuerth
By Jacob Kuerth By Jacob Kuerth
By Jacob Kuerth By Jacob Kuerth

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was killed Friday morning in one of several traffic accidents in the St. Louis area, authorities said.

The patrol identified the trooper as Cpl. Dennis Engelhard, a 10-year veteran from Wildwood.

Sgt. Jeff Wilson said Engelhard, 49, was hit by a sport utility vehicle while responding to an earlier accident on Interstate 44 near state Highway 109.

Engelhard was standing at the rear of his cruiser when he was hit by the SUV around 10:15 a.m. He was transported to SSM St. Clare Health Center in Fenton, where he was pronounced dead at 11:20 a.m., Wilson said.

Wilson called Friday "a sad day for Cpl. Engelhard's family and the highway patrol."

"Dennis was a great officer, a great trooper. ... He was a very quiet man -- just showed up for work, did his job and took a lot of drunk drivers off the roadway," said Sgt. Al Nothum, who worked directly with Engelhard.

The driver of the SUV that hit Engelhard stopped and was being questioned by authorities, the patrol said. It was unclear if any charges would be filed.

Engelhard is survived by his mother and father, who live in the Kansas City area, the patrol said.

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