ROCHESTER, Ind. (WLS) — Three siblings were struck and killed and another child was injured at a school bus stop in Indiana Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police said.
The children were hit while boarding a bus near 4600 N State Road 25 in Rochester in Fulton County at about 7:15 a.m., police said. Rochester is located about 45 miles south of South Bend.
Indiana State Police said the bus was stopped in front of a mobile home park in the 4600-block of State Road 25 with its stop arm and exterior lights flashing. As the children crossed the road to board the bus, a 2017 Toyota Tacoma traveling southbound allegedly struck them.
The driver, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, has been charged with three felony counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus while its arm is extended, causing injury.
She was held in the Fulton County Jail on a surety bond of $15,000 and was released on bond shortly after 7 p.m., state police said. Shepherd is the children’s director at Faith Outreach – A Foursquare Gospel Church nearby in Rochester.
Police said the children were two 6-year-old twin boys and their 9-year-old sister. They have been identified 6-year-old Xzavier and Mason Ingle and 9-year-old Alivia Stahl. All three were students at Mentone Elementary School.