Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

Nov 5, 2018 – Three children from the same family were killed and a fourth child was seriously injured Tuesday October 30, morning when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were about to board a school bus, police said.

Identical twin 6-year-old brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl were killed in the incident on a rural road in Indiana, said Sgt. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police.

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An 11-year-old boy, Maverik Lowe, suffered multiple broken bones, said Slocum.

The driver of the pickup truck, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with three counts of reckless homicide, and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury, officials told ABC News. Shepherd was taken to the Fulton County Jail but was released Tuesday night on a $15,000 surety bond, evening jail supervising officer Adam Roop told ABC News.

Indiana State Police confirm Shepherd had her two young children in the truck at the time of the collision, as well as her younger brother, who police say is a minor. None of the passengers was injured.

Shepherd bonded out of the Fulton County Jail Tuesday evening.

Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

The crash happened at around 7:15 a.m. in the 4660 block of Indiana 25.

The three children who died are from the same family. They have been identified as 6-year-old twin boys Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

“He didn’t lose one kid, he lost all of his kids,” said their uncle Elgin Ingle. “What do you tell your little brother, how do you tell your little brother it’s going to get better? You can’t.”

A fourth child was injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital. He was identified as 11-year-old Maverik Lowe. He suffered multiple broken bones and injuries. Police say he was conscious at the hospital and is not related to the other children who were hit.

Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

“This school has been warned, this has been an issue, we have said this before,” Ingle said. “They’ve made complaints, other parents. It’s not safe to walk a child across a highway, especially at that time because everyone’s going to work at that time.”

Police have confirmed the children were boarding the bus, and the stop-arm was out at the time. A 2017 Toyota Tacoma headed the opposite direction hit the children.

At least three kids were on the bus at the time.

Police say crash that killed 3 is the most heartbreaking accident in some time

The area where the crash happened is in the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. Police confirm the deceased siblings attended Mentone Elementary School in nearby Kosciusko County.

The Fulton County Sheriff is warning people not to threaten those involved in the deadly bus stop crash near Rochester.

Alyssa Shepherd, 24, is accused of driving a pick-up on Oct. 30 when she struck and killed three siblings who were boarding their bus on State Road 25. Six-year-old twin boys Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, died in the crash.

Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

A fourth child, Maverik Lowe, 11, is now recovering in a Fort Wayne hospital.

In a Facebook post, Sheriff Chris Sailors acknowledged emotions are running high. He added, ” No good can come from the harassment and the threats of violence against individuals involved. This needs to cease immediately and will not be tolerated.”

In the post, Sheriff Sailors also thanked first responders and said the community is facing “a very long road to recovery.”

First, I ask that you please remember all of the people that has been affected by this devastating and tragic loss in your thoughts and prayers. This has brought our community to its knees and we hurt. We have a very long road to recovery and we need to let the healing and recovery process take it course.

AS expected, emotions are running high. We are in the early stages of an investigation which will be complete and thorough. No good can come from the harassment and the threats of violence against individuals involved. This needs to cease immediately and will not be tolerated. There is a process through the criminal investigation and the courts and I assure you that it is being followed.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone for the open show of support for our County and Communities. As these last few days have been trying for all of us. I wish to thank the agencies that have called and offered support to my office, our 911 dispatch center and other 1st responders that have been involved.

I ask that you just keep everyone in your thoughts and prayers.

For the first time, the immediate family is speaking out and trying to understand why this happened to them.

“I don’t get to watch her have her Sweet 16,” said Michael Stahl, Alivia Stahl’s father. “I don’t get to watch prom. I don’t get to take her and walk her down the aisle to get married. That’s all gone.”

Michael Stahl was heartbroken as she shared memories of his 10-year-old girl in front of all his friends and family.

“My daughter and the way she was … she loved everybody,” he said.

Friday night, nearly 500 Mentone community members came out to show support for the families of Mason and Xzavier Ingle and Alivia Stahl.

The community gathered on the Mentone Youth League Fields. It was the same field where Alivia used to play softball.

Michael Stahl says his oldest daughter is still traumatized.

“She asked me, ‘Why am I still here?’” he said. “’Why did they only take them and not me?’ What do you tell an 11- year-old child?”

During the vigil, the community prayed for Maverik Lowe and his family as he continues to fight in the hospital. Michael Stahl said Maverik is always on his mind.

Since Tuesday, there have been multiple accidents as children try to get on the bus. Michael Stahl had a plea for all drivers.

“Why?” Stahl asked. “Why does it keep happening? Why are people in such a rush to go where they’re going not to pay attention to our children? It never should have occurred.”

Michael Stahl said his two daughters were like the headlights in his life as he drove down the road.

Now that one of those headlights is out, he doesn’t know the path on which life will take him.

An 11-year-old boy might never walk again after surviving a deadly collision that killed his 3 neighbors as they crossed the street to board a school bus, friends say.

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Maverik Lowe is 11 years old and was a part of the accident in Rochester on State Rd. 25 where 3 innocent lives were taken from them. Maverik was the 4th child involved in that accident. He was hit and thrown over 30ft. He was flown to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, In. 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. He is a very, very strong kid. Along with medical bills, his mother, Jocelynne Lowe, will not be leaving his side. With that, she will need all of the help she can get to cover expenses helping with bills. Anything is appreciated. Please pray for this family.

A GoFundMe was also up for the parents of the three siblings killed in the accident and already raised more than $98,000 of its $100,000 goal in 2 days. The fundraiser listed the parents as Shane and Brittany.

“We knew that they would need help, but we didn’t want them to have to worry about anything other than the kids.” the fundraiser said.

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According to police, the school bus was stopped in the northbound lane of State Road 25 in a rural Indiana county with the stop signal out and flashing lights. Shepherd was traveling south when she struck the four children, police said.

Shepherd remained on the scene of the crash and was arrested later in the day at her workplace, police said. Police said Shepherd submitted blood test to test for drugs and alcohol and that she had three passengers in her car, including her two children and her younger brother, at the time of the accident. Police added that the accident occurred at 7:15 a.m. and it was still dark out.

Shepherd was released on $15,000 bond on Tuesday shortly after her arrest and is expected to return to court on November 13, Fulton County Jail Commander Catherine Collins said.

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