Latest: Indiana woman pleads not guilty in students' deaths

Latest: Indiana woman pleads not guilty in students' deaths
FILE - This undated family file photo provided by Elgin Ingle shows Alivia Stahl, center, and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle. The three children were struck and killed Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, by a pickup truck as they crossed a road in rural Rochester, Ind., to board a school bus before sunrise. The driver of the pickup Alyssa Shepherd, of Rochester, who is scheduled to appear Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, was arrested and charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of passing a school bus when arm signal device is extended, causing bodily injury. (Elgin Ingle via AP, File)

ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on an Indiana driver who is accused of striking and killing three children as they prepared to board a school bus (all times local):

10:25 a.m.

A northern Indiana woman has entered a preliminary not guilty plea to charges that she struck and killed three children crossing a highway to board a school bus.

Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Shepherd appeared Thursday morning for her initial hearing before a Fulton County judge. She’s charged with three counts of reckless homicide.

Authorities say Shepherd struck four children with her pickup truck Oct. 30 as they crossed a two-lane state highway to board a school bus near Rochester, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Indianapolis.

She told authorities she didn’t realize the bus facing in the opposite direction had stopped.

Six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, were killed. An 11-year-old boy was severely injured in the crash.

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8:03 a.m.

A northern Indiana woman charged in a school bus stop crash that killed three children is due in court for her first hearing in the case.

Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Shepherd of Rochester was scheduled to appear Thursday before a Fulton County judge. She’s charged with three counts of reckless homicide.

Authorities say Shepherd was driving a pickup truck near Rochester, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Indianapolis, on Oct. 30 when she struck four children crossing a highway to board a school bus.

She told authorities she didn’t realize the bus headed in the opposite direction was stopped.

Six-year-old twin brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl, were killed. An 11-year-old boy was severely injured in the crash.