Published: Thu, November 01, 2018

Bus stop relocated after 4 students hit by pickup truck

Bus stop relocated after 4 students hit by pickup truck

She remained at the scene of the accident, but police said Shepherd was arrested at her workplace later Tuesday.

Police say the children were crossing the road to board the empty bus when they were allegedly struck by Shepherd's Toyota Tacoma.

A 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a northern in road to board a school bus before sunrise Tuesday, police said.

An Indiana girl died while trying to shield her 6-year-old twin brothers from an oncoming vehicle, the children's uncle told CBS News. A fourth child, Maverik Lowe, 11, suffered multiple broken bones and has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Police arrested the driver - Alyssa L. Shepherd, a 24-year-old woman who lives in rural Rochester - on Tuesday afternoon, state police said in a news release. She has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when the arm signal device is extended, resulting in bodily harm.

Tony Slocum, a spokesman for the Indiana State Police, told ABC News that authorities interviewed and conducted a blood draw on Shepherd to test for drugs or alcohol, but they still don't have any answers about why the crash occurred. Their father rushed out of their home and identified them after police arrived to investigate, officials said.

"To her I say, way to be a badass, man".


"This has been a very hard day for our school family as we attempt to cope with the devastating loss of three elementary students and a critically injured middle school student". "There's plenty of room for the school bus to pull in and pick up these kids".

He said it's up to drivers to take responsibility when they get behind the wheel, and when they don't, they put children at risk.

In addition, I am establishing a transportation safety review committee which will examine all of our bus stop locations to ensure our children are transported safely.

The driver stayed at the scene. She was released on a $15,000 bond, according to Jail Commander Catherine Collins, and is scheduled to make her first court appearance November 13.

"Our hearts go out to all involved, it's a pretty sad day here in Indiana", Slocum told CNN.

SR 25 west of Talma was the scene of a fatal crash involving school children, October 30.

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