Jones Brown Law continues to report on the crash that killed three children at their bus stop in IndiaSchool Busna.

Alyssa Shepherd is currently charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus when an arm signal device is extended causing bodily injury. The prosecutor in the case said the current charges the possibility of a maximum of 19 years. Shepherd is scheduled to appear in court today. The prosecutor declined to go on camera for local and national cameras but did say that this is an “unbelievable tragedy.”

Detectives in the case spoke with three individuals: the driver of the truck, Shepherd, the driver of the school bus, and the person driving behind Shepherd.

Shepherd told police investigators that she had dropped her husband off at work and had three children in the back seat of her car. She continued by saying that she did not know how fast she was going, but said that she typically was a slow driver and that she was not in a hurry to get anywhere that morning. Shepherd said she was on her way to drop her brother off at her mother’s house, so he could get changed in order to go to school.

The detective testified that she said,

“She came around the corner, she saw there was something with lights. She just knew there was something big and had lights. She did not recognize it immediately as a school bus. She said she was trying to figure out what it was.”

Shepherd then told officers she knows that she dimmed her lights, because it had headlights but, “she couldn’t make out what it was.” The detective went on to testify that, “By the time Shepherd realized, the kids were right in front of her.”

Another witness who was driving behind Shepherd’s truck told officers that she saw the bus clearly.

The detective testified that she said,

“She came around the corner and could tell there was a bus stop with all of its lights activated.”

 

She said that she started to slow down and realized the truck in front of her was not slowing down. She said that the truck’s headlights illuminated the children as they were crossing the road. She began to freak out because she realized she was slowing down but the truck in front of her was not slowing down or stopping.

The judge clarified that the witness driving behindShepherd could unequivocally see the bus when she came around the corner.

The detective confirmed that and said, “Yes” and “She could clearly see it was a school bus.”

The driver of the bus, Robert Reid, told investigators that he had driven this route for a couple of years. Reid went on to tell officers he went ahead and waved the kids across, but as they were crossing, he realized that the vehicle was not stopping. He said at the last second he “hit his horn but there was nothing he could do.”

Since the accident, the school district has moved the bus stop.

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