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April 7, 2014

Fundraiser started for family involved in crash

Woman gives birth to girl; officer charged in accident

-- — ANDERSON -- A fund has been started to assist a woman whose husband was killed in a traffic accident caused when an Edgewood police officer collided with their vehicle.

The woman, Rebecca Sperry, 22, of Pendleton was pregnant when the Sunday accident occurred. She was injured in the crash and flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She gave birth to their first child, a girl named Autumn Marie, according to a posting at

Sperry’s husband, Jesse, 23, was killed in the wreck. Investigators said the Sperrys’ 1996 Buick Century was struck in the rear by a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by James D. Foutch, 41, who is an Edgewood police officer.

On Monday, Edgewood Police Chief Andrew Ellingwood expressed sympathy for the Sperrys. In a statement, he said, “The Edgewood Police Department would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of this tragic situation. We hope for the best and a full recovery for the new mother and baby.”

Madison County Sheriff’s Department investigators said the impact of the crash, which occurred in the 7500 block of Indiana 32 near Lapel, sent the Sperrys’ vehicle into a utility police and brought power lines down on the vehicle.

Foutch was off-duty at the time of the 12:30 p.m. accident, investigators said. Foutch, who has been with the department for 12 years, was charged with driving while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony. Investigators believe Foutch had prescription pills in his system. He posted a $20,000 bond and was released from the Madison County Jail.

A donation site has been set up at

One posting read: “Jesse and Rebecca were on they way home from church, she was going to be induced that evening to give birth to their first child. Tragically, they were in a horrible car accident.

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