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Trial begins for woman accused of hitting, killing 3 children walking to their school bus

Trial begins for woman accused of hitting, killing 3 children walking to their school bus
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Trial begins for woman accused of hitting, killing 3 children walking to their school bus
The trial for an Indiana woman accused of striking and killing three children as they crossed a highway to board a school bus begins this week. WSBT reports jury selection for the trial of Alyssa Shepherd begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police say Shepherd struck four children in October 2018 as they crossed the two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis. The collision killed 6-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.Shepherd has pleaded not guilty to three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended.Shepherd told authorities she didn’t realize she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.The tragic event has rocked the town of Rochester. “You want to take both sides, and you don’t know exactly what side you want to take,” said resident Henry Baugh. “As much as I want to put guilt on her, I can’t right now." Not everyone agrees on what the outcome should be. “She needs to suffer the consequences, which is what this week is all about,” said resident Michael White.Michael Stahl, father of Alivia Stahl, previously pleaded for people to not threaten Shepherd and her family. “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,” he told WSBT. If convicted of all charges, Shepherd could face 21 and a half years behind bars.The Associated Press contributed to this article

The trial for an Indiana woman accused of striking and killing three children as they crossed a highway to board a school bus begins this week.

WSBT reports jury selection for the trial of Alyssa Shepherd begins at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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Police say Shepherd struck four children in October 2018 as they crossed the two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles north of Indianapolis. The collision killed 6-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.

Shepherd has pleaded not guilty to three counts of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended.

Shepherd told authorities she didn’t realize she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.

The tragic event has rocked the town of Rochester.

“You want to take both sides, and you don’t know exactly what side you want to take,” said resident Henry Baugh. “As much as I want to put guilt on her, I can’t right now."

Not everyone agrees on what the outcome should be.

“She needs to suffer the consequences, which is what this week is all about,” said resident Michael White.

Michael Stahl, father of Alivia Stahl, previously pleaded for people to not threaten Shepherd and her family.

“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,” he told WSBT.

If convicted of all charges, Shepherd could face 21 and a half years behind bars.

The Associated Press contributed to this article