TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — The Indiana State Police is inviting the public to pay respects to one of their own.
In a tweet, ISP says the Lafayette post has placed one of its police cars in front of the building, located at 5921 SR 43 N, West Lafayette, IN, to honor Trooper Peter Stephan.
The 27-year-old died on his way to help a colleague with a car accident in Tippecanoe County late Friday night.
Indiana State Police say Trooper Stephan was on his way to provide backup after another state trooper called for assistance at a crash near Americus Township at approximately 10:25 p.m. Friday.
The preliminary investigation shows Trooper Stephan was driving his 2018 Dodge Charger police car on Old State Road 25 North, just south of Stair Road, when he approached a curve. For an undetermined reason the vehicle drove off the east side of the road, rolling at least once and hit a utility pole.
EMS personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Trooper Stephan dead at the scene as a result of his injuries.
Trooper Stephan, of Lafayette, served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years. He leaves behind a wife and six month-old baby daughter.
The Indiana State Police said in a press release it plans to honor Trooper Stephan.
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.”Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.
Services will be announced at a later date.
A Facebook post by Indiana State Police says an account has been established at Old National Bank on behalf of the family of Trooper Stephan. Those wishing to make a monetary donation may do so at any Old National Bank branch. The acccount is Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation/Peter Stephan.