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Drunk driver in 2003 trooper accident will not face trial

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BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) - The young man who admitted he was drunk when he hit a state trooper a decade ago was released from the case Wednesday, and will not face trial in the spring.

William Senne was 18 when the accident happened in Wareham in 2003. He struck one of the state’s first female state troopers in the breakdown lane of Route 25. Police say he was drunk and going 90 miles per hour.

He served two and a half years in jail after pleading guilty to charges of causing bodily injury while operating under the influence in 2005.

Trooper Ellen Englehardt survived the incident but later died in 2011; the DA charged Senne with motor vehicle homicide.

Though Englehardt lived eight years after the accident, the single mother had serious injuries, severe brain damage and no quality of life.

A trial had been scheduled for May 15, but the plea bargain hearing on Wednesday ended the case.

Senne pled guilty to one count of motor vehicle homicide and though the DA recommended he do four years in prison, a superior court judge decided the time he served was enough. 

“They were very gracious. You know, we obviously spoke to the family. They did not want to see Mr. Senne do any more time. They were interested in making sure he got 500 hours of community service at some brain-related injury hospital. They are very gracious, very good people. I hope that this brings some finality for them,” said Timothy Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney.

Senne and his lawyer refused comment.

Senne does not have to do any more time, but will lose his license for 15 years.

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