Community members still in disbelief one year after fatal bus crash

Today marks one year since Alyssa Shepherd failed to stop at a bus with its arms extended, killing three children.

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 6:15 PM
Updated: Oct 30, 2019 6:19 PM

FULTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Wednesday marks one year since Alyssa Shepherd failed to stop at a bus with its arms extended, hitting three children.

As News 18 first reported last October, Shepherd hit the children crossing a two lane road to board a school bus.

Rochester residents like William Bockover are still in disbelief a year later.

"I just can't imagine what those people are going through,” said Bockover.

A fourth child was hit and was severely injured.

The crash struck close to home for Stephanie Grossman. One of her daughters was friends with one of the children killed in the crash.

"She has struggled a bit but kids are very forgiving in the same aspect they don't understand what is going on. But I know it's a huge loss for my daughter,” said Grossman.

Since the crash, Indiana's School Bus Stop Arm Bill has been passed. It created stronger punishments for drivers who violate bus stop arms.

Violators can be charged with a class six felony if they cause injury or death. Under the bill, judges can also suspend a violator's license for 90 days for passing a school bus while its stop arms are out.

Grossman said she's seen the changes the new laws have made.

"We've seen a lot of reports about people not stopping for the bus and then there is people getting arrested or getting their license suspended or it's huge tickets,” said Grossman.

Bockover says these sort of accidents can be avoided.

"Look around. See what's going on. Keep watching out and if you see lights flashing, then that usually means slow down,” said Bockover.

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