Three siblings and one other child were struck by a truck while attempting to get on their morning school bus on October 30.
As Dearly previously reported, the three siblings passed away as a result of the incident. The fourth child suffered multiple broken bones and remains in critical condition at a Fort Wayne, Indiana hospital.
The three victims have been identified as 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old older sister Alivia Stahl.
According to ABC News, the driver of the truck, identified as 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd, told investigators that she saw the flashing emergency lights but didn’t realize it was a bus until it was too late and the children were already in front of her vehicle.
At a court hearing, State Police Detective Michelle Jumper said the route Shepherd was driving that day wasn’t her normal one. It was also revealed that Shepherd had three other kids in her truck at the time of the incident.
While it has been reported that Shepherd was not injured in the crash, it’s unclear how the three children who were reportedly in her truck at the time are.
The 24-year-old has since been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury.
The uncle of the three children who passed away, Elgin Ingle, is now speaking out.
He said his brother has been torn apart, adding how “bright” his two nephews and niece were:
“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.”
The distraught uncle also seemingly address the woman believed to be responsible for the children’s deaths:
“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?”
Ingle went on to say that parents have complained about this particular bus stop in the past. As ABC News reports, parents weren’t comfortable with their children crossing the two-lane highway to get onto their school bus.
Parents have attempted to get the route changed so that the bus would be on the other side of the street:
“This has been an issue before. The parents have made comments to the school about this changing. There’s plenty of room for the school bus to pull in and pick up these kids. But this school has been warned that this is an issue.”
Shepard has since been released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.