'A parent never expects to bury their child,' says mother of 3 kids struck and killed at Indiana school bus stop

Twin boys and their older sister died after they were struck on Oct. 31.

December 12, 2018, 8:50 PM

A mother who lost three of her children after they were struck and killed by a pickup truck at their Indiana bus stop on Oct. 30 said a "big part" of her died that day as well.

Identical twin 6-year-old brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl, were hit as they tried to board a bus on a rural road in Rochester, Indiana, police said. An 11-year-old boy was also struck and suffered multiple broken bones, according to authorities.

The mother of the deceased children, Brittany Stahl, and her husband, Shane Ingle, said in a statement to ABC News, "A parent never expects to bury their child."

"The heart ache consumes you and not just one child but three children at the same time," the statement read. "Our loss is more then what we can even express in words."

PHOTO: The parents of the three siblings killed outside their school bus stop said a "big part" of them died that day.
The parents of the three siblings killed outside their school bus stop said a "big part" of them died that day.
Brittany Stahl/Shane Ingle

Stahl and Ingle described each of their children in the statement, saying that "all three of their smiles were contagious to everyone around them."

Alivia was about "looking forward to eating tons of rainbow poop emoji cupcakes with family, friends and classmates" on her upcoming 10th birthday on Dec. 22, the parents said, describing her as "caring and compassionate."

"Our daughter was such a beautiful soul," the statement read. "...Her passion was to help and bring joy to others. She was such a "Mother Hen" especially to her adorable twin brothers."

Mason was a "mommy's boy" with a "shy and caring personality" and "hugs that could melt anyone's heart," his parents said.

"Mason had a love for life and was an inquisitive child, wanting to learn everything about the world around him," according to the statement.

PHOTO: Identical twin 6-year-old brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were killed when they were struck by a pickup truck while trying to get on the school bus.
Identical twin 6-year-old brothers Xzavier and Mason Ingle were killed when they were struck by a pickup truck while trying to get on the school bus.
Brittany Stahl/Shane Ingle
PHOTO: 9-year-old Alivia Stahl was struck and killed along with her twin 6-year-old brothers while trying to get on the school bus in Indiana.
9-year-old Alivia Stahl was struck and killed along with her twin 6-year-old brothers while trying to get on the school bus in Indiana.
Brittany Stahl/Shane Ingle

Xzavier was described as a "daddy's boy" with a one-of-a-kind personality.

"He brought so much laughter with his comical sense of humor," the grieving parents wrote. "He was adventurous and loved the outdoors."

The family is still reeling over the children's deaths, saying, "Every night we go to sleep without their hugs and kisses. And every morning we wake up to reality and wishing it was just a dream. We miss them so much. Our lives are forever changed."

"Not only did our three children die that day but a big part of us died with them," the statement read. "Christmas and Alivia's birthday approaching our lives are filled with so much pain and emptiness."

PHOTO: Twin six-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle are pictured with their nine-year-old sister Alivia Stahl in an undated family photo. The three were struck and killed by a car near Rochester, Ind., on Oct. 30, 2018.
Twin six-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle are pictured with their nine-year-old sister Alivia Stahl in an undated family photo. The three were struck and killed by a car near Rochester, Ind., on Oct. 30, 2018.
Courtesy Elgin Ingle

Stahl and Ingle vowed to "do everything" in their power to keep their children's memories alive and thanked the well-wishers who have been sending them support and prayers.

Michael Schwab, Stahl's father, told ABC News that the family is trying to achieve "meaningful legislation" in the state for an improved school bus loading zones.

The alleged driver, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, allegedly told police that she saw flashing lights but she didn't realize it was a school bus picking up school children.

PHOTO: Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, from rural Rochester, Ind., is pictured in a booking photo from Oct. 30, 2018.
Alyssa L. Shepherd, 24, from rural Rochester, Ind., is pictured in a booking photo from Oct. 30, 2018.
Indiana State Police

Shepherd is charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

ABC News' Bill Hutchinson and Jennifer Leong contributed to this report.

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