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9-Year-Old Girl Dies Shielding Twin Brothers from Oncoming Car

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School bus stop safety has gained the attention of the country recently as multiple crashes involving school-aged children have been reported.

One particular incident on Oct. 30 took place in Rochester, Indiana, around 7:15 a.m. right before sunrise, WGN TV reported.

Four children were crossing State Road 25, headed to their school bus stop. “The bus had its systems activated… with the stop arm extended,” Sgt. Tony Slocum of Indiana State Police told WGN. “Road conditions were clear.”

The children should have been able to cross the road safely at that time. Sadly, three of them were hit and killed by a pickup truck and one has sustained serious injuries.

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According to Indy Star, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, who attends Tippecanoe Valley Middle School, was airlifted after being hit by the truck.

The other three children, twin siblings Xzavier and Mason Ingle, along with their older sister Alivia Stahl, were killed at the scene.

The brothers were 6 and Alivia was 9. All three attended Mentone Elementary School. Inside Edition reported that the 9-year-old is believed to have shielded her younger brothers from the truck.

“I don’t get to watch my baby grow up,” Michael Stahl said at a vigil held on Nov. 2, according to WLS.

“I don’t get to watch her have her Sweet 16,” he continued, “don’t get to watch her have prom, I don’t get to take her and walk her down the aisle to get married. That’s all gone. It’s gone. I don’t get that she don’t get to live that.”

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GoFundMe campaigns have been started for each of the families. To help with Maverik’s medical bills, or to donate to the family of Alivia and her twin brothers, please visit their pages.

As far as the driver of the pickup truck goes, IndyStar reported that 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd has been arrested and charged on three counts reckless homicide, along with a misdemeanor for passing the school bus when its signal was extended.

This incident is heartbreaking for everyone involved. Three children lost their lives and another remains in the hospital with critical injuries.

The state and community have called for change. The bus stop has already been relocated inside the trailer park so there won’t be any need for students there to cross the busy road.

“Several lawmakers said they’re considering ways to make it easier to enforce laws on school bus stops,” Indy Star says.

We will keep these families in our prayers. Hopefully this story will serve as a harrowing reminder — stay alert when on the road. It only takes a few seconds for a deathly and unnecessary accident to occur.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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