On the morning of October 30, four children were attempting to get on their school bus when they were hit by a truck.
Three of the four children died as a result of their injuries. The fourth was airlifted to a nearby hospital after suffering multiple broken bones.
The three children who passed away were siblings. They were later identified as 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old older sister Alivia Stahl.
Xzavier, Mason, and Alivia’s uncle, Elgin Ingle, said this in the days following the unexpected passing of his niece and nephews:
“They were great children. They had a future.
He didn’t lose one kid. He lost all his kids. How do you tell your little brother it’ll get better? You can’t. My brother, the most loving man in the world and the best father I’ve ever known, now is a father to no one.”
He also had a message to the driver of the truck, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd:
“You’re supposed to get on your bus and be safe. What are you doing where you’re not paying attention at that time in the morning?”
As Dearly previously reported, the bus’s stop arm was extended and its indicator lights were on. However, as Shepherd reportedly told investigators, she saw the indicator lights flashing, but didn’t realize the lights were coming from a bus until it was too late.
ABC News also reported that, at the time of the incident, there were three more children in the back of Shepherd’s Toyota Tacoma.
The 24-year-old mom was charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury.
And as ABC 7 reports, Shepherd has pled not guilty to those charges.
On November 15, Shepherd appeared in front of a judge. Present in the courtroom was Alivia’s father, Michael Stahl.
He reportedly asked those issuing death threats to Shepherd’s family to stop doing so:
“It’s not helping the situation. It doesn’t help the prosecutors. It doesn’t help the justice system. It doesn’t help us. And it doesn’t do my daughter justice or the other people who are affected by this.”
The father said his eldest daughter is currently coping with emotions no child her age should have to face.
Michael said his surviving daughter was at a doctor’s appointment on the day of the accident.