ROCHESTER, Ind. (WNDU) --- A pretrial conference was held Tuesday for a Rochester woman charged in connection to a deadly bus stop crash.
Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, from rural Rochester, charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister in Indiana, Photo Date: 10/30/2018 / Photo: Indiana State Police / (MGN)
Outside the courtroom, Fulton County Prosecutor Mike Marrs told NewsCenter 16 this Friday, a fifth charge of criminal recklessness will be filed against Alyssa Shepherd for hitting Maverik Lowe, the surviving victim of the four children Shepherd allegedly ran into at their bus stop on Oct. 30.
The Fulton County prosecutor is meeting with the Indiana State Police Peru Post on Feb. 13 to gather crash scene reconstruction information, since the Peru Post has the bus the children were trying to board when Shepherd drove into them.
Another pretrial conference for Shepherd will take place April 18. The Fulton County prosecutor expects either to reach a plea deal with Shepherd’s lawyers or to set a possible trial date for this summer.
Shepherd already faces three counts of reckless homicide for hitting and killing three siblings at their bus stop: 6-year-old twin boys Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle, along with their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl.
Additionally, Shepherd faces a misdemeanor charge for passing a school bus that had its stop arm extended.
Should Shepherd be found convicted on all five charges, she could face a maximum prison sentence of 21 1/2 years, according to the Fulton County prosecutor.