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3 including trooper hurt in South Bend crash

Three people, including an Indiana state trooper, were hospitalized Thursday night following a two vehicle crash in South Bend involving the trooper’s police car.

According to Trooper Gretchen Deal, Trooper William B. Ennis, 32 of rural St. Joseph County was on his way to assist the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department with a reported vehicle crash about 8 p.m. He was operating his fully marked Indiana State Police car with its emergency red and blue lights activated and was traveling west on Ireland Road approaching the intersection with Linden Road.

A white 2003 Hyundai Elantra driven by Robert Lee Perez, 19, of Mishawaka entered the intersection and struck Ennis’ police car broadside. As a result of the collision, Perez was trapped and was extricated by the South Bend Fire Department.

Perez and his passenger, Danielle Cutler, 20, of South Bend were both taken to a local hospital where Perez was in critical condition and Cutler was in serious condition. Ennis, a five year veteran of the state police, was also hospitalized with injuries to his hip and lower extremities and is in stable condition.

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