UPDATE: Alyssa Shepherd Charged With Reckless Homicide In Bus Stop Crash That Killed Twin Boys & Their Older Sister
Police are trying to figure out why the 24-year-old driver failed to yield even though the bus' stop arm was extended.
UPDATE (DECEMBER 19, 2019):
A Fulton County judge this week sentenced Alyssa Shepherd for causing the deaths of three young siblings and injuries to a fourth child struck by her vehicle as they tried to board a school bus.
On Wednesday, Shepherd received four years in prison, three years house arrest and three years probation, South Bend’s WSBT-TV reported. Shepherd, who had faced up to 21 years behind bars, also had her driver’s license suspended for 10 years.
In October, Shepherd was found guilty on three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury.
Speaking in court at the sentencing hearing, Shepherd reportedly said her “heart breaks for the families who feel the loss.”
Brittany Ingle, the mother of the three children killed in the accident, lunged at Shepherd, according to WSBT-TV. Authorities escorted the distraught woman out of the courtroom and charged her with misdemeanor battery.
UPDATE (OCTOBER 31, 2018):
Alyssa Shepherd, the driver in the horrific accident that took the lives of three young siblings and injured another child, has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury. She has submitted to a blood test that will reveal any drugs or alcohol in her system.
Shepherd works as children's director at a gospel church in Rochester called Faith Outreach. She was arrested but was released on a $15,000 bond.
There are two fundraising campaigns, one to help the family mourning the losses of their two sons and daughter, and the other to help with medical bills for Maverik Lowe.
The page for Lowe states: "He will require multiple surgeries, and may never walk again. He suffered broken ribs, busted knee cap, fractures in his arm and wrist. His leg is in pins and rods holding it together. He had plastic surgery already to put his face back together. He has slipped disks in his spine by his neck."
Read more: ABC News
ORIGINAL STORY (OCTOBER 30, 2018):
FULTON COUNTY, IN — A pickup truck struck and killed three elementary school children and seriously injured a fourth while they were boarding their bus in Indiana.
WNDU reported that nine-year-old Alivia Stahl and her six-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, died in the tragic early-morning October 30 accident.
Maverik Lowe, 11, was airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, where the student, who is not related to the other victims, is being treated for broken bones and other life-threatening injuries.
Police said the tragedy occurred when 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd was driving her Toyota truck toward the bus but failed to yield despite the vehicle's flashing lights and stop sign.
“I don't know why this crash … why this person did not see the stop arm extended, but we all need to pay a little more attention, because it's all our responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely,” said Indiana State Police Sergeant Tony Slocum.
"I just can't imagine the pain that family is going through,” he added.
“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning,” officials at the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation said, in part, in a statement, asking “the community to come together to pray for the families, our students, and our staff.”
Police are currently investigating the accident, but no charges have been filed.