The driver of the pickup truck 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and another misdemeanor for not respecting the ‘Stop’ signal.
A 9-year-old girl took her 6-year-old twin brothers by the hand to cross the street on Tuesday at 7:15 in the morning and catch the school bus. The brake lights were on, and even on one side the stop sign extended, but still the Toyota Tacoma truck driven 24-year-old Alyssa L. Shepherd hit them and killed them, according to Indiana police reports. Another child who was at the crossroads was also injured.
According to Elgin Ingle, the uncle of the three children who died, Alivia Stahl, the older sister, tried to protect her little brothers Xzavier and Mason by standing in front of them, but she did not succeed. “He acted like a mother trying to protect children. He had a second to think about what to do and he thought about protecting her brothers at that moment,”the uncle told the Indianapolis television station, adding that the mother immediately went out to help her children:” How do you decide which one? of your children help if all three are on the ground injured?”
Shepherd, accused of the homicide, remained at the scene of the accident. She was later arrested and will have to face three counts of wrongful death and a minor charge for missing the ‘stop’ signal that the bus had extended. She was released on bail after paying $15,000 and will have to appear in court on November 13.
Meanwhile, the other minor who was injured but survived in the accident, recovered at the Parkview Hospital from multiple broken bones and internal bruises. The community of Indiana has opened a GoFundMe campaign to help this family, who has one more child, to cope with the expenses of funerals and funerals. He has already achieved 72,980 of his $ 100,000 goal.