MADISON COUNTY – A man who was about to be a father was tragically killed in a crash Sunday afternoon.
Jesse Sperry and his pregnant wife, Rebecca, were driving on State Road 32 in Madison County. Rebecca Sperry was behind the wheel when another car hit them from behind.
According to authorities, Edgewood police officer James Foutch was the driver of the other car. He was not on duty and was in his personal vehicle. Authorities said Foutch hit the Sperry’s car from behind and the impact was so hard that the Sperry’s car went off the road, hitting a utility pole.
Jesse Sperry was killed. The Madison County Coroner’s Office confirms they will conduct an autopsy Tuesday. Rebecca Sperry was taken to the hospital. Friends of the family posted information on this crowd funding site.
They wrote on the site that Rebecca Sperry had an emergency C-section and had the couple’s little girl. The site was started in order to raise money to help pay mom and daughter’s medical expenses.
“It (the car) looked like it was folded around the telephone pole. So I was running over there with the expectation of not finding anything good,” said Wayne Pinkerton, who was at home when the crash happened. He did not see it, but heard it. He called 911.
“It’s one of those reality check moments. They weren’t doing (anything) wrong and because of somebody else and things outside of their control, life is totally different, you know, that child doesn’t get to know her dad,” Pinkerton said.
Authorities said Foutch was preliminarily charged with operating while intoxicated, causing death. Foutch has been placed on administrative leave.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash and the Edgewood Police Department will conduct an internal investigation. Foutch has been a member of the Edgewood PD for 12 years.
“It’s such a tragic situation. We’re all heartbroken over the fact that these families have been put through so much and we want to make sure that the families know–from the town of Edgewood and the police department–that our thoughts and prayers are with them,” Edgewood PD Town Marshal Andy Ellingwood said.