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Family of Good Samaritan killed on I-94 forgives OWI suspect

Victim was killed while helping change a tire
Posted at 10:17 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 23:17:14-04

The Good Samaritan struck and killed by an alleged impaired driver in Delafield was doing what he loved, helping others. 

Peter Enns was assisting a family with a flat tire Saturday night when he was struck by a car driven by Frank Schiller. Schiller is now charged with his sixth OWI.  He also faces 10 felony charges including homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. 

Enns lived in the village of Duchess in Alberta, Canada.  He leaves behind his wife and three kids.  The 48-year-old had spent five years working for a company transporting camping trailers from Indiana to Canada.  Enns son said his dad wanted to make a difference while he was working on the road so he started to stop and help people when they were having car trouble.

"Often times, there are people who don't have the right tools to change a flat tire, or their spare may also be under-inflated, and he had more tools in his truck, so he could often help people out," said Riky Enns.

Enns brother said he joyfully shared what he had with those he met.

"Whenever he would see someone in need whom he could help, he took it as both his opportunity and also responsibility to lend a hand without asking anything in return," said Jacob Enns.

Enns family said his Christian faith drove him to be the best possible person he could be.

"He told us that we should always live our lives in such a way that if we died that we'd be ready," said Enns family.

The family said their prayers go out to everyone else affected by the accident. 

"Our prayers also go out to Frank Schiller. What he did was a terrible thing, but in the same way that Jesus forgave the people who nailed him to a cross, we choose to forgive Frank for what he did and know that Peter would have done the same."

The family hopes Schiller can find the Lord and become free of drugs and alcohol.

Enns family said their loved one would often said, "We can't change the entire world, but we can change the part of it that we interact with. Let's change it for the better."

Below is a statement from Enn's family who asked us to publish this in its entirety:

Peter Enns was a great man and a loving husband and father to us. For the latter part of his life, it was his Christian faith that drove him to be the best possible person he could be. He told us that we should always live our lives in such a way that if we died that we'd be ready. While his death causes us pain that we would never wish upon anyone, we loved each other and we know that he was ready to meet Jesus in heaven.

Our prayers go out to everyone else affected by the accident and we would also like to thank those who responded to the accident as well as the doctors who tried to save him. Our prayers also go out to Frank Schiller. What he did was a terrible thing, but in the same way that Jesus forgave the people who nailed him to a cross, we choose to forgive Frank for what he did and know that Peter would have done the same. It is our hope that he can find the Lord and become free of drugs and alcohol. We also hope that this will remind people of the dangers of alcohol and drugs and encourage them to stay away from both.

We will miss Peter greatly, nothing will ever replace spending time with him. He was always there for us, whenever we needed advice or a hand, he was happy to help. We are happy to see that he will be remembered by the world as a Good Samaritan, and it would make him happy as well. We look forward to seeing him again in heaven.

To help the Enn's family visit the GoFundMe page set up for Peter.