"He didn't lose one kid. He lost all his kids. ... My brother, the most loving man in the world and the best father I've ever known, now is a father to no one, has nothing." Those are the devastating words from Elgin Ingle, uncle of the three siblings killed as they crossed a rural two-lane Indiana highway to get on their school bus Tuesday morning. Ingle tells ABC News that the 24-year-old driver who struck 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl allegedly did not slow down. "The police said there were no brakes used. She never stopped once," he says. WNDU says locals have long complained that children must cross a busy highway to get to the bus stop in question, and have also complained that speeding is a problem on the highway.
Ingle tells WRTV that Alivia was protective of her brothers—even to the end. "She held their hand to the school bus and onto the bus every day," he says. "She was holding their hand when they were hit and it looks like she tried to shield them a little bit. She had a split second to think of what to do, she chose to shield her brothers with that split second." An 11-year-old neighbor and classmate who was also hit is in critical condition; a GoFundMe campaign set up for him says he was thrown more than 30 feet and may never walk again. The driver, who was not injured, has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury. (An allegedly drunk driver hit five kids as they walked home from a bus stop.)