The father of one of three Indiana children who were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a road to board a school bus said Thursday that threats against the driver and her family won’t bring justice for his daughter or help those she left behind.
Michael Stahl spoke after the 24-year-old driver, Alyssa Shepherd, entered a not guilty plea in Fulton County Court to three counts of reckless homicide.
Stahl’s nine-year-old daughter, Alivia, was killed in the Oct. 30 pre-dawn collision , along with her six-year-old twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle.
Alyssa Shepherd leaves the Fulton County Courthouse in Indiana Thursday after pleading not guilty in last month’s crash that killed three siblings boarding a school bus
Michael Stahl said after the hearing Thursday morning that he was praying for Shepherd’s family and that threats being made against them must stop
Maverik Lowe, the 11-year-old who was severely injured in the crash, remains hospitalized in Fort Wayne.
Stahl said after the hearing Thursday morning that he was praying for Shepherd’s family and that threats being made against them must stop.
‘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
This family photo shows Alivia Stahl, center, and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, who lost their lives on October 30 after being hit by Shepherd’s pickup truck
Stahl said his focus is now his remaining daughter, who is 11 and was at a doctor’s appointment on the day of the crash. He said she is struggling with emotions that no child should have to face.
‘A child that age shouldn’t have to grow up that fast,’ he told the
Shepherd struck four children that morning as they crossed the two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.
If convicted of the charges against her, the married mom-of-two could face up to 19 years in prison
Shepherd also faces one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended, causing bodily injury.
Shepherd told authorities she didn’t realize that she was approaching a stopped school bus, despite the activated stop arm and flashing lights.
Court documents show Shepherd told police she saw the lights but didn’t recognize the vehicle as a school bus until the children were right in front of her.
At her probable cause hearing earlier this month, a witness said Shepherd appeared to be doing 45mph – within the 55mph speed limit- when she hit the group of children with her Toyota pick-up truck at 7.15am outside a trailer park.
The driver of the school bus blasted his horn seconds before Shepherd’s car made impact but it was too late.
Shepherd stayed at the scene to talk to police and was later arrested. She was freed from jail after posting $15,000 bond.
Shepherd, who is married and has two children of her own, is due back in court for a pretrial conference on February 5. If convicted of the charges against her, she could face up to 19 years in prison.
Shepherd struck four children that morning as they crossed the two-lane road to board a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus near Rochester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Indianapolis