Trial begins for woman accused of killing 3 children at bus stop

Trial begins for woman accused of killing 3 children at bus stop

ROCHESTER, Ind. (WISH) — The woman accused of killing three children at a bus stop near on State Road 25 in Fulton County is set to go on trial Tuesday.

Alyssa Shepherd told police she didn’t realize she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.

The crash happened last October on State Road 25 near Rochester as a group of students crossed the road to get on their bus. One other child was hit but did not die.

The three kids who died were siblings, 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl.

Shepherd now faces several charges including reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended.

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The victims’ mother and father have been active in changing legislation.

After the crash, they made an emotional plea to lawmakers in hopes to pass a school bus safety bill. The bill brings harsher penalties to drivers who pass a stopped school bus with lights flashing and stop arms out.

The first violation means a driver can lose their driver’s license for 90 days. Additionally, if someone dies, judges will have more leeway in sentencing.

A gag order has been issued. Jury selection begins at 8:30 on Tuesday morning.

If convicted on all counts, Shepherd could face up to 21 and a half years in prison.