Crash victim’s father overwhelmed by support

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The father of a woman seriously injured during car crash is speaking out on the day the man police say is responsible was charged.

Prosecutors Thursday charged James “J.D.” Foutch with operating while intoxicated causing death. He was also charged with operating while causing serious bodily injuring and reckless driving.

Foutch is an Edgewood police officer who was off duty at the time of the crash.

According to court documents, he was going 92-miles an hour and there was no indication he tried to brake before impact.

The crash killed Jesse Sperry. His pregnant wife Rebecca suffered serious injuries and doctors had to perform an emergency C-section.

Doctors told Rebecca’s father, John Keefe, the fact baby Autumn Marie survived the crash is a miracle.

“We talked to the OB doctor that did the c-section at St. Vincent’s yesterday,” said Keefe. “He said if the uterus had been severed or lacerated any further, the baby would have been ejected and died at the scene. She is truly a miracle.”

Family members are trying their best to remain positive. The excitement of welcoming a child into the family was stripped away when the crash happened.

But they’re finding hope thanks to an endless amount of support. It’s impossible for Keefe to hide his joy, as he scrolls through countless reminders of how much his daughter Rebecca and granddaughter Autumn are loved.

“May the peace of God fill your family and renew your strength, a $50 dollar gift,” he said quoting a donor. “Just marvelous.”

The donations and compassionate messages he’s reading come from a fundraising page Keefe is seeing for the first time.

“I don’t have clue who most of these people are,” he smiled.

So far more than $15,000 has been raised to help Rebecca and Autumn with their medical expenses. It’s brought a smile to his face, something he hasn’t shown too much recently.

Last Sunday, police say Rebecca and her husband Jesse were hit from behind along this S.R. 32 near Lapel. Their car ended up wrapped around a pole, smashing into the passenger seat where Jesse was sitting.

“First we were grateful that Rebecca and Autumn were alive in serious but stable condition,” said Keefe. “But then when we learned about Jesse, just kind of tore our hearts out because they didn’t have much but those two loved each other.”

Autumn was born hours later at St. Vincent hospital. Although her father never made it , Keefe says his memory will live on.

“We were just commenting the other day how much in the face she reminds us of Jesse,” he said. A man he believes would have always been there for his family and still will be.

Keefe says there’s no timetable on when Rebecca and Autumn will be released from the hospital. But he did say the outlook is positive for both of them.

If you’d like to help the Sperry’s through the fundraising page, click here!

Besides the page, the Sperry’s are also asking for help when it comes to Jesse’s funeral.

They’re taking donations at:

Robert D. Loose Funeral Home

200 W 53rd St.

Anderson, IN 46013

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