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ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP/WLFI) — Twenty four-year-old Alyssa Shepherd is facing three preliminary charges of reckless homicide in a crash Tuesday morning that killed three children walking to the school bus. Another child is undergoing surgery at a Ft. Wayne hospital.
Sgt. Tony Slocum said 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle died at the scene Tuesday morning along with their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. All three were students at Mentone Elementary School.
The siblings and an unrelated 11-year-old boy were struck about 7 a.m. as they were crossing a two-lane road near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus.
Slocum says the injured boy, Maverik Lowe, was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital.
Shepherd, of rural Rochester, also has been charged with passing a school bus when the arm signal is extended. Shepherd was arrested around 4 p.m. Tuesday at her place of employment, in Rochester. She was being held in the Fulton County Jail with a surety bond of $15,000.
Her charges include:
Count 1: Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony;
Count 2: Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony;
Count 3: Reckless Homicide, Level 5 Felony;
Count 4: Passing School Bus When Arm Signal Device is Extended Causing Bodily Injury,