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Motorist Arrested After Crash that Killed 3 Students Trying to Board School Bus

Nicole Schlosser
Posted on October 31, 2018
Alyssa Shepherd of Indiana allegedly ran a stop arm and hit four students, killing three and seriously injuring another. She is charged with reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police
Alyssa Shepherd of Indiana allegedly ran a stop arm and hit four students, killing three and seriously injuring another. She is charged with reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury. Photo courtesy Indiana State Police

ROCHESTER, Ind. — The driver of a pickup truck allegedly involved in a crash that killed three students and injured another as they were crossing a road to board their school bus on Tuesday morning has been arrested, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, was arrested at her place of employment, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police. Shepherd received three felony charges for reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury.

A preliminary crash investigation has shown that school bus driver Robert Reid, 46, was driving a 2015 Thomas Built school bus for Tippecanoe Valley School Corp., traveling northbound on State Road 25, according to police. He stopped the bus in front of a mobile home park and activated the stop arm and lighting as he was picking up students from the west side of the road.

As the students crossed the road to board their bus, four were allegedly struck by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by Shepherd. Three of the students, Xzavier Ingle, his twin brother, Mason Ingle, who are 6 years old, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, all died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, according to police. Maverik Lowe, 11, was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter. At last check, he was in surgery with multiple broken bones and internal injuries, police said.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. shared news of the crash in a statement on its Facebook page on Tuesday morning and said that it had deployed all of its school counselors to assist its students, staff, and parents.

“We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff,” the district added in the statement.

Related Topics: fatalities, Indiana, school bus crash, stop-arm running/illegal passing

Nicole Schlosser Executive Editor
Comments ( 16 )
  • Lori Clark

     | about 2 years ago

    Thought theory- this is farmland USA.Have u ever encountered an oncoming tractor in the dark?Their huge green,yellow,red ect .massive lights up high down low and side to side and roll slow.Oct 27th fields and roads were in full swing through the night w/these giants of grains that feed. (These precious little ones can NEVER be replaced,but let not their lives go with out a fight for the lives of millions of children forced to wait in the freezing rain,cold, blizzards and blistering winds just to get a ride to school standing in Danger Zones!!!!!)This accident is bewildering but reconciliation must be gained in order to perserve Our future.For theirs is now or never. We the people are all in desperate need of help. God. please help us its dark n cold n full of hate please turn the Love Light of Compassion ON in my heart n be more like you. Daddy-

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