PENDLETON, Ind. (WISH) — Rebecca Sperry says the family is back together. The final member, her puppy, got to her parents’ home Wednesday.
Sperry was hospitalized and gave birth to baby Autumn after a crash that killed her husband. The driver that hit them is a police officer accused of driving under the influence. Rebecca and Autumn Sperry both were checked out by a doctor again Wednesday morning. The doctor told Rebecca they both look great. Rebecca is still struggling to get around–her parents have made a make-shift bedroom in the middle of their living room so she doesn’t have to walk up stairs.
As Rebecca rocks her baby girl, Autumn has no idea she’s actually the one doing the comforting.
“I can kind of already see it in her, she can tell when someone just needs to hold her. For their comfort and she does that–she’ll just welcome them. She just has a way of reaching out to their hearts already. I find that so special,” said Sperry.
Rebecca Sperry says that’s one of the character traits she has gotten from her father, Jesse. Rebecca she also sees physical traits of her husband. Autumn and Jesse have the same nose, ears and dimples.
Sperry says her road to recovery will be a long one, because the crash still weighs on her mind. She can recount the minutes leading up to the crash.
“We knew it was coming. I looked in the rear view and I remember how fast he was coming. And I said, ‘Oh my gosh. this guy is flying,’ and at the last minute before impact, I said ‘Oh my gosh, he’s going to hit us,’ and he did,” said Sperry.
When the car hit the couple, the impact threw Jesse into his wife’s arm. Sperry considers that a blessing.
“I think the thing that’s going to stick forever in my mind is how God gave me those moments to hold him. How I knew when he took his last breath, the way that the Lord specifically put him between my arms. The way that I was able to leave the scene knowing that he was gone. That means a lot to me because I do not think I could have handled being taken away and then him going,” said Sperry.
Sperry takes comfort in the fact that her husband didn’t suffer. She says he didn’t wake up after the impact. Sperry also says a special person helped keep her calm through the time immediately after the accident. She doesn’t know who it was, but someone came up to the car window and asked how they could help. Sperry asked that the person just hold her hand–and they did.
“It’s just things like that are going to stick with me forever and I definitely plan on sharing those with Autumn,” said Sperry.
Sperry will also share memories of Jesse with Autumn.
“He was the kind of person who that would give the shirt off his back for others. And he was always in prayer. Always. For those who were hurting. His family was ever so important to him, and he never could stand being angry, or bitter at anybody,” said Sperry.
Sperry said her husband loved to laugh and bring other people joy. She remembered how he would make her smile whenever she was feeling down.
“I was having a rough time at work at one point, and he took a whole bunch of post it notes and spelled out I love you. With all these post it notes. And on every single post-it note he wrote things like ‘my darling,’ ‘my sweetheart,’ ‘your smile,’ and ‘forever and always,’ Things like that. Then he put it all over the mirror in our bathroom. So when I came home from work that night that’s what I saw,” said Sperry.
Sperry said she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support–even from strangers.
“I can’t believe how everybody has pitched in. People I don’t know and just the support, it’s meant so much to me. and I mean the money is wonderful, but it’s the care, it’s the words, it’s the prayers, it’s the way they reach out. Not just to me, but to my family and Jesse’s family. That means the most,” said Sperry.