Three children were struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday morning near Rochester and a driver has been arrested, according to the Indiana State Police.
State police said the fatal incident happened about 7:15 a.m. at a bus stop in the 4800 block of South State Road 25 near Rochester.
A southbound Toyota pickup truck struck and killed the three siblings: two twin 6-year-old boys, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. The three siblings all attended Mentone Elementary School.
One other child, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, who was seriously injured, was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital. State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum said Maverik as undergoing surgery at the hospital.
The driver of vehicle, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, remained on scene and was later arrested at her workplace just after 4 p.m. She faces three charges of reckless homicide and one charge of passing a school bus causing injury.
The Associated Press had reported Shepherd was being held on a $15,000 surety bond, but News 8 learned she had bonded out of jail.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it’s sending a team of investigators to the scene. The NTSB said in a tweet that the “Go-Team” should arrive Wednesday in Rochester.
Following the fatal incident, the Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. released this statement:
“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning. We have learned of three student families and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit be a vehicle while boarding their bus.
We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents.
We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff.”
After the deadly accident, Gov. Eric Holcomb released this statement:
“Words cannot express the depth of sorrow Janet and I feel, which only pales in comparison to what family, friends, teachers, classmates and community are feeling right now. Today, and for many more to come, we mourn their loss. I ask Hoosiers around the state to join us by sending your deepest prayers for the strength needed to endure such a time.”
Shepherd was released from the Fulton County Jail on a $15,000 bond.