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This undated family 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, 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)

After week of tragedies in 5 states, a reminder about school bus safety PLEASE READ

This undated family 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, 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)

Normally at Autoblog, we don’t report vehicular crashes — they are, unfortunately, a fact of daily life. But on this Friday, after what has been a terrible week on the streets of America, we’re compelled to remind you about the sanctity of something none of us should ever take for granted: the safety zone surrounding school buses, school bus stops, and school zones.

There have been accidents at school bus stops this week in five states — resulting in the deaths of five children. Seven other people have been injured. Every case is terrible, but the worst may be the crash Tuesday in Rochester, Ind., in which a motorist struck four children, killing three. The children who died were siblings: 6-year-old twins Xzavier and Mason Ingle and their 9-year-old sister, Alivia Stahl. (The three are shown in the photo above.) The surviving fourth child had to be airlifted to a hospital with multiple injuries.

They were crossing a highway to their bus, which had stop sign out and lights flashing, when they were struck by a motorist, Alyssa Shepherd, who reportedly told Indiana State Police she did not recognize the flashing lights as a school bus. Shepherd has been charged with reckless homicide.

A witness said 9-year-old Alivia had attempted to shield her brothers from the oncoming car.

A day later in Mississippi, 9-year-old Dalen Thomas was boarding a bus when he was struck and killed by the driver of a pickup. That same day, a kindergartner survived after being struck by a car in Florida.

Then on Thursday, a 7-year-old boy was found dead at his stop by his bus driver in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania. He apparently had been struck by a hit-and-run driver, who when tracked down told police he was unaware he had hit someone. That same day, in Florida, a speeding car struck two adults and three children. Thankfully, all survived.

Authorities blame distracted driving for an increase in this type of accident — with drivers distracted by their infotainment, their cup of coffee, and above all, their smartphones.

A small personal aside: As I sat stopped behind a school bus this week — its stop sign out, its red lights flashing, and its children being unloaded — an impatient driver in the line of cars behind the bus started honking his horn. Yes, someone was honking his horn at a school bus.

Please: At a time in this country where the national climate feels like everyone is just looking out for No. 1 and not his fellow man, can’t we at least agree to look out for one another’s children?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday issued this safety reminder:

Read More: https://www.autoblog.com/2018/11/02/school-bus-safety-tragic-week-nhtsa/

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