Cromwell, IN – Ligonier Police Officer Ethan Kiser and his wife, Shawna, died in a two-vehicle collision on a snow- and ice-covered road on Monday night.
The off-duty crash occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. on CR 200N, Noble County Sheriff Max Weber said in a press release.
The couple was traveling in a 2007 Saturn Vue, which was being driven by the 22-year-old officer, when the vehicle suddenly spun sideways on the snowy, icy roadway, and crossed into oncoming traffic, The Star reported.
A 2004 GMC Yukon slammed into the passenger side of Officer Kiser’s vehicle at a “right angle,” causing “heavy front-end damage” to the Yukon, Sheriff Weber said.
The driver of the SUV, 76-year-old James Borden, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
Officer Kiser and his 21-year-old wife were pronounced dead at the scene by the Noble County Coroner’s Office.
“Ethan and Shawna Kiser left this world unexpectedly, but together on Monday,” the couple’s joint obituary read. “They fell in love in middle school and it never wore off.”
Officer Kiser joined the Ligonier Police Department as a part-time officer on Dec. 18, 2017, Ligonier Police Chief Bryan Shearer told The Star.
He graduated from the Indiana Law enforcement Academy in June of 2018, according to the city’s Facebook page.
It was his “lifelong dream” to become a police officer, his obituary read.
"You know that you're called for it, and we knew that right away with Ethan," Chief Shearer told WDRB. "He kind of joined the family here, just has done a phenomenal job, just a very caring person."
Officer Kiser and Shawna, a full-time college student who was working as a substitute teacher, married on Aug. 18, 2018.
A fundraising page established to help the couple’s families in the wake of their tragic deaths had raised over $5,600 as of Wednesday afternoon.
Officer Kiser and his wife will be laid to rest on Sunday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ligonier Police Officer Ethan Kiser, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.