An 11-year-old boy and his twin 9-year-old sisters 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 also 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.
9-year-old twin sisters, Bethany and Ariadne Freeman and their 11-year-old brother, Angelo Freeman, died at the scene, he said. The Delray Beach residents were students at a nearby Palm Beach Elementary School.
FHP said, the 37-year-old pickup driver of Jensen Beach 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 and causing bodily injury. He was being held at the Martin County Jail on a $15,000 surety bond.
FHP said, an 18-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 a fatality. 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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