9-Year-Old Indiana Girl Dies Shielding Twin Brothers From Oncoming Car

Three elementary school children were killed at a Tippecanoe Valley bus stop in Indiana Tuesday

Three elementary school children were killed at a Tippecanoe Valley bus stop in Indiana Tuesday

She said she dropped off her husband at work prior to the crash. "She had a split second to think of what to do, and she chose to shield her brothers with that split second", he told the Indianapolis TV station.

"They go too fast around that curve", said neighbor Monica Manuzak, talking to WISH-TV.

An Indiana family is just beginning the process of mourning the loss of three young siblings.

The driver of the auto that hit them, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide as well as a misdemeanor for passing a stopped school bus. "This is insane that three kids had to die".

A fourth child, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe - who was not related to the family - was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and other injuries, according to WNDU.

Investigators say around 7:15 a.m. the children's Tippecanoe Valley school bus had its "STOP" arm out on North State Road 25 in Rochester.

Shepherd was arrested at her workplace in Rochester on October 30 at around 4 p.m. and was released later Tuesday on a $15,000 bond. Shepherd was released on $15,000 bail Tuesday night. According to online records, a warrant has been issued for her arrest.




The victims' uncle, Elgin Ingle, appreciates the outpouring of support.

Ingle describes his nephews as "shy at first" but brimming with energy. There's nothing they could do to stop it from happening. That appointment may have saved her life.

"There's no stopping Alivia".

'When we're traveling in the early morning hours and early evening hours we've got to anticipate school buses are going to be out. She's helpful. She's attentive to other people's needs.

"She's what you'd want in a child", Ingle said of his niece.

Ingle, like the rest of his family, is navigating how to help the parents through this tragedy while he grieves. 'All the prayers we can get, that's all you can ask for.

Tippecanoe Valley High School said in a statement that "our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning".

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