Julie Dupuis and her husband Peter Dupuis, of Milford were injured in a head-on car crash on Route 119 in Pepperell on Oct. 4. Julie Dupuis remains hospitalized as of Sunday, while the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck faces criminal charges. PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHELE TROY
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PEPPERELL — Milford, N.H., residents Peter and Julie Dupuis, and the family they cherish, are taking it one day at a time after the married couple of nearly four decades had their lives turned upside down in a violent two-car crash in Pepperell on Oct. 4.

Julie Dupuis, 59, remains hospitalized, while the driver of the other vehicle involved in the wreck — 25-year-old Westford resident Robert Livermore — faces criminal charges for allegedly causing the crash while under the influence of alcohol, authorities say.

“Our family’s lives have been completely upended by this and there is a very long road ahead,” the Dupuis family said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for all of the continued thoughts and prayers and hope no other family has to go through this kind of heartbreak.”

A report detailing the crash from the Pepperell Police Department says Livermore was traveling west on Route 119 in his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee at around 7:40 p.m. Oct. 4 when his vehicle crossed the center line. The Jeep slammed head on into the eastbound 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, occupied by Julie Dupius — who was driving the SUV — and 58-year-old Peter Dupuis.

Photos of the brutal wreck provided by police show images of the Pepperell Fire Department using the jaws of life to free Julie Dupuis from the mangled Sante Fe. The police report said she was transported by MedFlight to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, with what were reported as life-threatening injuries.

A Milford couple was injured following a head-on crash on Route 119 in Pepperell on Oct. 4. Julie Dupuis, 59, remains hospitalized from the impact, while criminal charges have been filed against the driver of the other vehicle, a 25-year-old Westford man. COURTESY PHOTO

Peter Dupuis was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, but has since been released, according to family member Michele Troy.

The police report states Livermore was taken to Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. Marcela Dwork, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, said the 25-year-old Westford resident has since been charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation.

Troy said Julie Dupuis remains in the Boston hospital — more than a week after the crash — where the 59-year-old has undergone multiple medical procedures for the injuries she sustained. Troy did not detail the injuries, but described them as “life-altering.”

“The extent of the injuries, the severity, and all the trauma involved, there’s no way for us to know what to expect next,” she said. “It’s really just day-to-day.”

Julie and Peter Dupuis are well known within their community. The couple have lived in Milford for more than 30 years and have two children — a son and a daughter. According to Troy, Julie Dupuis has worked at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., for 37 years. Peter Dupuis has been a PGA professional since 1986 and serves as the golf pro and general manager at Green Meadow Golf Club, in Hudson N.H.

“Incredibly loving and supportive,” Troy said when asked to describe the couple. “They’re incredibly loyal people. Incredibly caring and very devoted parents. They absolutely love their kids.”

Troy added the family is fully committed to the couple’s recovery, though they know there’s a long road ahead.

“Family is at the heart of everything for Julie and Peter and they will have to rely on this support system as they continue healing through the immense trauma they have been dealt,” she said.

Livermore was arraigned in court by Judge Tejal Mehta the day after the crash and released on his own recognizance, Dwork said. As part of his release, the 25-year-old was ordered to not have any alcohol, must submit to random drug and alcohol screens, and is not allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

Livermore is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 18.

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