The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single vehicle crash late last night on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road.
The crash claimed the life of Trooper Peter R. Stephan, 27, of Lafayette, Ind., who served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years.
The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown indicated at approximately 10:25 p.m. Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road, when his 2018 Dodge Charger police car entered a curve. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge left the east side of the roadway, rolled at least one time and struck a utility pole. Trooper Stephan was going to help another trooper who had called for assistance in Americus prior to the crash.
As a result of the crash, Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Stephan is survived by his wife and 6-month-old daughter. Family notifications have been made.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and co-workers”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter.
The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff Department, White County Sheriff Department, Tippecanoe County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Buck Creek Fire Department, Tipmont REMC, and troopers from neighboring Indiana State Police Districts.