Trial Date Set For Woman Accused Of Hitting and Killing Kids At Fulton County Bus Stop
FULTON COUNTY, Ind. -- A trial date has been set for October for Alyssa Shepherd, the woman who was driving the pick-up truck that drove past a stopped school bus in Fulton County last year hitting and killing three children as they were crossing a busy state highway.
Shepherd is with criminal recklessness and passing a school bus with the stop arm extended.
"If those all ran consecutively she'd be looking at 21 and a half years," said Fulton County Prosecutor Michael Marrs. "Certainly want to get some closure this year, for everyone involved,"
6-year-old twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle, their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, and their neighbor, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, were hit crossing the road last October when Shepherd did not stop for the school bus.
The siblings were killed and Lowe suffered serious injuries laying him up in a hospital for several months after the accident. Brittney Ingle, the mother of the three children killed, said after yesterday's pre-trial hearing that the whole situation is hard.
"Is there anger? Absolutely. But you aren’t going to get anywhere with that, so my husband and I take the high road," she said. "We're just putting our faith in God and the justice system and will let them do their job."
Shepherd will be in court October 15th.
Ingle said they are also putting their focus on legislation to keep this sort of thing from happening again. Lawmakers have been looking at many bills this legislative session to crack down on those who violate stop arm laws.
(PHOTO: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)