Tippecanoe County, IN – Indiana State Police (ISP) Trooper Peter “Bo” Stephan died in the line of duty on Oct. 11, after he crashed into a utility pole while responding to assist a fellow trooper at another crash scene.
The fatal collision occurred at approximately 10:25 p.m., as Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25 to assist a trooper in Americus, the ISP said in a press release.
As he drove his 2018 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle into a curve near Stair Road, the car suddenly left the east side of the roadway “for an undetermined reason,” according to the ISP.
The vehicle rolled at least once before it slammed into a utility pole.
“As a result of the crash, Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene,” the ISP said.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family,” ISP Superintendent Douglas Carter said in a statement. “We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and co-workers.”
The 27-year-old trooper was a four-year veteran of the force.
Trooper Stephan graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.
“He was a trooper’s trooper,” ISP Lafayette District public information officer Sergeant Kim Riley told the Journal & Courier. “He was everything you wanted him to be. He was very hardworking, meticulous at doing his work and doing a good job of it.”
Trooper Stephan leaves behind his wife, Jessica, and his six-month-old daughter, Harper, according to his obituary.
“Bo most enjoyed spending time at home with his wife and daughter,” the tribute read.
He is also survived by his parents and four siblings.
Trooper Stephan will be laid to rest on Thursday, according to his department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Indiana State Police Trooper Peter “Bo” Stephan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.