School buses have been involved in accidents that caused injuries to their occupants. However, cars accidents involving students walking to or from their buses may be even more deadly. Three siblings were killed and another child was seriously injured when a pickup truck hit them as they were walking to their bus stop in Rochester, Indiana, on Oct. 30.
The accident occurred around 7:15 a.m. when a Tippecanoe Valley School Corp. bus was stopped, and its stop-arm was lowered. A truck crashed into four children as they crossed the street. No students were on the bus.
Three elementary school students, a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers, died at the accident site. An 11-year-old boy also suffered broken bones but was able to speak to first responders before being airlifted to a hospital. He underwent at least three surgeries in Fort Wayne and is recovering, according to his mother.
Police arrested the driver of the pickup truck at her Rochester business. She was charged with three felony counts of reckless homicide and a misdemeanor count of passing a school bus illegally, causing bodily harm. She is being held in Fulton County jail on a $15,000 surety bond.
Detectives are interviewing witnesses and a crash reconstruction team was dispatched to the accident site. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to investigate this accident. Numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders also responded to the crash.
A reckless or distracted driver can cause unspeakable tragedy. An attorney can partially mitigate the consequences by helping victims and their families seek financial compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death action.