ROCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT)- Almost two months after three kids were hit and killed in Rochester while waiting for their school bus, their grandfather, Michael Schwab, is hoping new legislation can be passed to prevent any other kids in Indiana from dying.
Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, were killed on October 30th. Another boy was hurt, but is now back at home.
This weekend, Michael Schwab launched a website, Max Strong Forever, in hopes of telling his story and changing Indiana bus laws.
"We've received several hundred emails of people wanting to be a part of it and what they can do to help, so we realize now that this is something that will be embraced and we can hopefully get the legislators to buy in and take immediate action," Schwab said.
Schwab said Alivia was about to have her 10th birthday on December 22nd. Brittany Stahl and Shane Ingle are still hurting, and struggling to keep the holiday season as normal as possible for their oldest daughter, Selena.
"Most people don't know, they were actually at the scene the day it happened and my daughter was holding her sons when they passed, and found my granddaughter further in the ditch, and she then passed. And my granddaughter (Selena) saw all this," Schwab said.
According to the Department of Education, there are nearly 3100 stop arm violations reported every day in Indiana.
"Those are 3,000 opportunities for kids to get injured or killed while boarding or getting off a school bus, and that's just got to be unacceptable to the public," Schwab said.
Sixteen states have already passed legislation, and Schwab wants Indiana to get on board with stop arm cameras, and any other legislation needed to make sure people are properly punished for passing school buses.
"We didn't get lucky that day. We lost three children. We don't want to run on luck anymore," he said.
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