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Windy Cobb returns to Fort Wayne to continue recovery from Florida traffic accident

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 12:01 am

Windy Cobb returned recently to Fort Wayne from Florida to continue her treatment, a big step toward recovery from a July 31 traffic accident that killed her husband, Shawn, and injured one of their children.

“She wanted people to know she is back in 'The Fort,'" said the Rev. Paul Offhaus, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church at 729 W. Washington Blvd., where the family attends.

“She wanted people to know she is recovering and doing well,” said Offhaus, who spoke with her Tuesday. “She wants to say thank you to those who are praying for her recovery.”

The family was traveling on vacation in Florida when they were involved in a single-vehicle crash about 9:15 p.m. July 31 on Interstate 10 near Lake City, Fla.

Their SUV reportedly went off the highway, flipped and hit a tree, news reports said. Shawn Cobb, who was a passenger, died at the scene. Windy Cobb and their son, Breydon, both suffered serious injury and were taken to a hospital.

To his knowledge, Offhaus said Breydon since has made a good recovery.

The Cobbs' daughter Audriana, a third-grader, had stayed with a grandmother in Florida and was not in the vehicle, Offhaus said. An older son had stayed in Fort Wayne.

The St. John congregation held a prayer service for the family Aug. 2, and a message placed on its outdoor sign has asked the community to pray for the family. The congregation also posted periodic updates on Windy's recovery on its website, www.stjohnluth.com.

“We are asking people to continue to keep the Cobb family in their prayers,” Offhaus said.

Along with Windy's recovery, the family will need help dealing with the loss of Shawn, he said. Windy and Breydon also may need help coping with the trauma of the accident.

Along with prayers, people also can help the family with medical expenses by donating to a trust fund set up for them at Fort Financial Credit Union, Offhaus said. For more information on branch locations, call 432-1561 or go to www.fortfinancialcu.org.