UPDATE: NTSB sending team to investigate crash that killed 3 kids in Indiana
UPDATE: The prosecutor in the case of Alyssa Shepherd, whose truck killed three children in Rochester, Indiana, Tuesday told our reporter that "the most Shepherd can receive is 19 years [in prison]." She's set to appear in court November 13.
Federal investigators will soon be involved in the investigation of Tuesday's horrific crash near Rochester.
WSBT is continuing to dig into what lead up to four kids being hit by a truck Tuesday as they crossed the street to board a school bus. Three of those children, all siblings, died.
The National Transportation Safety Board will be in town Wednesday.
Investigators from the NTSB are expected to arrive there around 1 p.m.
They’ll be taking a close look at the roadway. They’ll also look at Alyssa Shepherd’s truck and the school bus those four children were trying to get on.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police told us Tuesday the bus had its lights on and crossing arm extended.
They say 24-year-old Shepherd was coming the other way and failed to stop.
The crash sent 11-year-old Maverik Lowe to a hospital in Fort Wayne where he went through multiple surgeries. His parents released a statement saying that Maverik is in stable condition.
It killed 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl.
The big question many people have asked is why those four kids had to cross a highway in the first place.
State officials say it’s up to individual districts to decide where to put their bus stops.
This tragedy that took the lives of three children and injured another is causing Indiana state leaders to send a reminder Wednesday morning about bus safety.
INDOT says drivers must stop when a school bus stop. Unless you are on a divided highway and going the opposite direction of a bus.
According to a recent study, on an average day in Indiana over 3,000 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses across the state.
That's more the 500,000 illegal passes during the course of the school year.
Go Fund Me:
A spokesperson for Go Fund Me has confirmed that this is the official fundraiser for the three children who were killed yesterday: https://bit.ly/2Jsikyd
Thy also confirmed that this is the official fundraising page for Maverik Lowe who survived and is recovering in a Fort Wayne hospital: https://bit.ly/2RujXOJ
Both campaigns are trending and have raised thousands of dollars for both families impacted by this tragedy.