The Herald Bulletin

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April 23, 2014

Survivors of violent accident, mother and baby return home from hospital

PENDLETON — The past two and a half weeks of Rebecca Sperry's life have been a harrowing series of ups and downs.

On Tuesday, some sense of normalcy was restored as Sperry and her newborn girl, Autumn Marie, moved out of hospitals and rehabilitation centers and back home. Sperry was seriously injured in a traffic accident in the 7500 block of Indiana 32 on April 6. The car she was driving was rear-ended by a SUV driven by off-duty Edgewood police officer James D. Foutch, who was allegedly high on painkillers and driving 92 mph at the time of the accident. The resulting impact forced the car off the road and into a utility pole.

Sperry's passenger and husband, 23-year-old Jesse Sperry, was killed in the accident. Rebecca, who was scheduled to give birth that night, was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after the accident, and Autumn was delivered by emergency C-section. The two spent the next week in separate hospitals, then were reunited and spent another week together in a rehabilitation center as the mother completed physical therapy.

Tuesday, the two were welcomed back home, or at least to their new home for the foreseeable future. Sperry was living with her husband in an Anderson apartment. She and Autumn now live with her parents, John and Lisa Keefe, in Pendleton. Sperry, who now occupies a makeshift area in her parents' living room, joked that she never expected to be living with her parents again.

"That part is a little like high school," the 22-year-old said with a laugh.

On Wednesday, Sperry relaxed and held baby Autumn as she recounted her relationship with her husband, the accident that changed her life and what the future holds for her family now. She said it hasn't been easy, but she's glad to be out of hospitals.

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