A Missouri state trooper was tragically killed after being struck by a sport utility vehicle while assisting with a minor car accident on December 25, 2009. The incident occurred on interstate 44 southwest of St. Louis.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the trooper as 49-year-old Patrolman Dennis Engelhard, a 10-year veteran from Wildwood.
Reports indicate that Engelhard was struck by a sport utility vehicle near Eureka.
Apparently, Engelhard had been working a minor accident and was hit while walking back to his patrol car to retrieve something.
Icy weather conditions led to dozens of accidents in eastern Missouri over the holidays. The incident appears to have been weather-related.
Drivers have a duty to decrease speed due to weather regardless of the speed limit. Families of victims of accidents such as this accident have rights when other drivers are negligent. If you or a family member have been injured in an auto accident, please do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at WWF&G for a Free Consultation at 1-800-WWFGLAW.