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INDIANA STATE POLICE VIA AP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld the felony criminal recklessness conviction of a woman in a crash that killed three siblings who were crossing a highway to board a school bus. However, the court Monday vacated the misdemeanor reckless driving conviction of Alyssa Shepherd because it constituted double jeopardy. A Fulton County jury convicted the Shepherd of three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and passing a school bus, causing injury for the October 2018 crash. She was sentenced to four years in prison. Shepherd's attorney said she'll seek to have the case transferred to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Indiana State Police via AP

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An appeal filed by an Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children crossing a highway to board a school bus contends the state didn't present enough evidence that she was criminally reckless. A brief filed with the Indiana Court of Appeals argues the state didn't prove Alyssa Shepherd acted recklessly as opposed to negligently. A Fulton County jury convicted Shepherd of three counts of reckless homicide and other charges. A judge sentenced her to four years in prison.

Indiana State Police

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a northern Indiana school district is partially to blame for a 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural highway to reach their stopped school bus.

The NTSB said Tuesday the crash near Rochester was caused by a pickup truck driver’s failure to stop for the school bus, despite its activated and clearly visible warning lights and stop arm.

However, it says contributing to the crash was the Tippecanoe Valley School Corp.’s inadequate safety assessment of school bus routes.

Indiana State Police

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says that in light of the coronavirus pandemic it has canceled an April meeting to determine the probable cause of a 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural northern Indiana highway to reach their stopped school bus.

The agency said Tuesday that in place of the April 7 meeting in Washington, D.C., NTSB board members will use an online link to vote on the staff’s investigative report, which includes the crash's probable cause.

The date of that vote has not been scheduled.

Indiana State Police

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a meeting next month to determine the probable cause of the 2018 crash that killed three siblings crossing a rural northern Indiana highway to reach their stopped school bus.

The agency announced Tuesday that the April 7 meeting will investigate the Oct. 30, 2018, crash involving a pickup truck on two-lane Indiana 25 in Rochester.

The crash killed 6-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

Mother Of 3 Kids Killed In Bus Stop Crash Avoids Charges

Feb 15, 2020
Indiana State Police via AP

ROCHESTER, Ind. — Prosecutors say a northern Indiana mother of three children killed in a school bus stop crash will not face charges for attacking the driver who had just been sentenced for the crash.

Indiana State Police via AP

An Indiana woman convicted in a crash that killed three children who were crossing a highway to board a school bus is appealing her conviction.

(Indiana State Police via AP)

Fulton County prosecutors say a special prosecutor should be appointed to determine whether a northern Indiana woman will be charged in an attack on a woman who had just been sentenced in a crash that killed her three children.

Fulton County prosecutors told a judge in a filing Thursday that they cannot be unbiased in deciding charges against Brittany Ingle.

The attack unfolded Dec. 18 after Alyssa Shepherd was sentenced to four years in prison in the deaths of Ingle's three children.

Jennifer Weingart / WVPE Public Radio

 

The Indiana woman who killed three children after passing a stopped school bus in October 2018 has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Alyssa Shepherd drove past a stopped school bus in Rochester. She hit four children -- killing three siblings.

In addition to four years in prison, the judge sentenced Shepherd to three years home detention and three years probation. Her driver’s license will be suspended for ten years.

Indiana State Police via AP

UPDATE:

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — A jury has found a 24-year-old Indiana woman guilty of reckless homicide in the deaths of three children she struck with a pickup truck as they crossed a two-lane state highway to board a school bus.

Indiana State Police

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The trial is underway for  an Indiana woman accused of killing three children by striking them with a pickup truck as they crossed a two-lane state highway to board a school bus.

Alyssa Shepherd faces three counts of reckless homicide and other charges in the Oct. 30, 2018, crash. She has pleaded not guilty .

Prosecutors and attorneys began selecting jurors Tuesday in the 24-year-old woman's trial in Fulton County.

Photo Of The Week-Rainbows In Rochester

Sep 26, 2019
Hannah Bahney

Thanks to Hannah Bahney for our WVPE Photo of the Week. She captured this image last month in Rochester of a double rainbow in the sky over sunflowers, a white picket fence, corn fields and the American flag.  Timing is everything! If you have a photo to share, we'd love to see it. 

Email it to us at wvpe@wvpe.org.

Include your name, hometown, names of people pictured, and the date and location where the photo was taken. Please send images in .jpg format & no larger than 2mb in size.

Indiana State Police

 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general says the state's school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses.

Such opinions don't have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

Hill's opinion says a state board that sets safety standards for Indiana's school buses can authorize the use of extra-long stop arms that extend into oncoming traffic.

Indiana State Police

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana drivers would face tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses under a bill that's been approved by legislators.

The Indiana House and Senate on Tuesday both voted in favor of the bill letting a judge suspend a driver's license for 90 days the first time someone was convicted of recklessly passing a stopped bus.

Other provisions would create felony offenses to recklessly pass a bus and injure or kill someone.

NTSB To Investigate Rochester Crash

Oct 31, 2018
Indiana State Police

 

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is en route to Rochester to investigate a crash that killed three siblings and injured another boy as they were boarding their school bus.

The children were crossing from a mobile home park to board their Tippecanoe Valley school bus on Tuesday morning when a pickup truck hit them.