ROCHESTER, IN — Indiana State Police said a Rochester woman has been arrested and charged with reckless homicide just hours after three young siblings were killed and another child was hurt in a crash while waiting for their school bus Tuesday morning, Oct. 30. ISP said an investigation by officers led to the arrest of 24-year-old Alyssa L. Shepherd just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, when she was served an arrest warrant and taken into custody at work.
Indiana State Police Officers and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the single-vehicle crash resulting in the deaths 6-year-old Xzavier Ingle, his twin brother, Mason Ingle and their sister, 9-year-old Alivia Stahl. ISP said all three siblings died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash, which happened at around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Maverik Lowe, 11, was flown by Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, ISP said, adding that the boy is undergoing surgery with multiple broken bones and internal injuries.
The three siblings were students at Mentone Elementary School and Lowe attended Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, according to authorities. (Get Fishers and local news delivered straight to your inbox with the free Fishers Patch daily newsletter and breaking news alerts here and don’t forget to ‘like’ Fishers Patch on Facebook).
Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Tippecanoe Valley School Corporationreleased the following statement:
“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning. We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by 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.”
ISP Public Information Officer for Peru, Sergeant Tony Slocum was at the scene and this morning said the parents of all the children had been been notified.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed that Robert Reid, 46, of Claypool, Indiana, was driving a 2015 Thomas school bus from the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. Reid was traveling northbound on State Road 25, when he stopped the school bus in front of a mobile home park at 4684 North State Road 25, ISP said.
According to authorities, Reid then activated the bus’ stop arm and exterior lighting as he was picking up children from the west side of the road. As students crossed the road to get on the bus, the four children were hit by a southbound 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by Shepherd, police said.
ISP said the arrest warrant out of Fulton Superior Court points to three felony charges of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count for passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury, against Shepherd.
She is being held in the Fulton County Jail with bond set at $15,000.
ISP said the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the Rochester School Corporation, the Rochester and Mentone Fire Departments, Lutheran EMS, and the Fulton County Coroner’s Office assisted at the crash scene.