A 9-year-old girl and her twin-year-old brothers were killed and killed by a pickup car as they crossed a northern…
A 9-year-old girl and her twin-year-old brothers were killed and killed by a pickup car as they crossed a northern Indiana road to a school bus before the sunrise Tuesday, police said. A fourth child was critically injured and aired to a hospital.
A bus from Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. had stopped and lowered its stoparm at around. 7 on the road near Rochester just before a North-East pickup truck broke into the children as they crossed the southbound track, Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said.
Six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, died on stage, he said. The rural Rochester residents were students at the nearby Mentone Elementary School.
Slocum said that pickup driver Alyssa Shepherd, 24, of Rochester, was arrested and accused of three counts of ruthless murder and incorrectly counting on passing a school bus when the arm’s signaling device extended and causing bodily injury. The hero was held in the Fulton County Prison on a $ 1
5,000 citizen’s bond.
The great aunt of the three siblings killed, Pamela Pugh, told the South Bend Tribune that she was stunned and shaken by their death.  “I’m just trying to know everything. There are no words,” she said.
Slocum said that an 11-year-old boy who was not related to the deceased sibling suffered from several broken legs when he was also hit by the pickup. That child, Maverik Lowe, was in critical condition at a Fort Wayne hospital and was in surgery.
The boy was aware and spoke to emergency workers before flying to the hospital, said Slocum.
“It’s an undoubted tragedy,” he said. We all have a responsibility to share the road and we are all responsible for ensuring that our children come to and from school safely. “
The detectives interviewed witnesses and a crash reconstruction team was in place near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis.
The National Security Office Security Board announced on Twitter that it sent a team of investigators to the place that should come Wednesday. 19659013] Tippecanoe Valley School Corp said in a statement published on Facebook that advisors had been sent to their schools to help students, staff and parents. It urged “society to come together to pray for the families.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that he and his wife, Janet, called out the students’ deaths. He urged Indiana residents to send their “deepest prayers for the strength needed to endure such a time.”
“Words can not express Janet and I feel that just fades in comparison to what family, friends, teachers, classmates and society feel right now,” says Holcomb.