Woman found guilty in fatal Fulton County bus stop crash

Alyssa Shepherd leaves the Fulton County Courthouse after her initial court appearance on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Rochester, Ind. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)

ROCHESTER, Ind. (WTHR) - The woman accused of hitting and killing three children as they got on their bus in northern Indiana last year has been found guilty.

A jury in Fulton County found Alyssa Shepherd guilty of felony reckless homicide Friday for the October 2018 crash that killed 9-year-old Alivia Stahl and her 6-year-old twin brothers, Mason and Xzavier Ingle. Another boy, 11-year-old Maverik Lowe, was also injured in the crash.

WNDU-TV reported the verdict Friday evening.

Shepherd faces up to 21 1/2 years in prison.

Xzavier and Mason Ingle with their sister, Alivia Stahl. (Family photo)

Police say the bus was traveling north on SR 25 when the bus driver stopped in front of a mobile home park with the stop arm extended and the exterior lights activated. As the children crossed the road, the four children were allegedly struck by a southbound Toyota Tacoma driven by Shepherd.

Since then, the families of the children have helped pass new school bus safety laws in Indiana to toughen the penalties on drivers who violate the law.