A 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a northern Indiana road to board a school bus, police said. A fourth child was critically injured and airlifted to a hospital.
A Martin County School bus had stopped and lowered its stop arm on the road near Hobe Sound just before a northbound pickup truck slammed into the children as they crossed the southbound lane, Martin County police sergeant said.
Six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, died at the scene, he said. The rural Rochester residents were students at nearby Mentone Elementary School.
FHP said the 24-year old pickup driver, of Hobe Sound, was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when arm signal device is extended, causing bodily injury. Shepherd was being held at the Martin County Jail on a $15,000 surety bond.
The great-aunt of the three siblings who were killed, told the Martin County Tribune that she was stunned and shaken by their deaths.
“I’m just trying to make sense of all of it. There are no words,” she said.
FHP said an 11-year-old boy not related to the deceased siblings suffered multiple broken bones when he was also hit by the pickup. That child was in critical condition at a hospital and was undergoing surgery.
Accident attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to this unfortunate crash. “This is a serious accident resulting in several serious injuries. We hope the investigators can quickly determine what caused the accident. Please be careful and obey the speed limits whenever you are driving a motorcycle, car, SUV or truck. We hope that all parties involved consult with an experienced trial lawyer. If you have been injured in an accident, call my office for a free consultation and find out what your rights are.”
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