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Fulton County bus crash survivor reflects with family on recovery, restitution

It's been three years now since the tragic Fulton County accident that killed three children and severely injured a fourth as they were trying to board their school bus in the early morning of October 30, 2018. 

 

For Maverik Lowe, the surviving child from the accident, life may never completely return to normal. Maverik's grandparents and legal guardians Andy and Marlene Pletcher said the numerous serious injuries sustained that day changed his life forever. 

 

Marlene Pletcher said her grandson surviving the accident was nothing short of a miracle. 

 

Alyssa Shepherd, the driver convicted in the crash, was sentenced in 2019 to four years in prison for the deadly accident.

 

After successfully completing a faith-based self-improvement class while in prison, Shepherd is now looking at having six months shaved off that time, with a potential release date of March 2022. 

 

A protest was held on the Fulton County Courthouse Lawn after the mother of the three children killed was informed of Shepherd being eligible for additional time cuts for a 'Community Involvement Program.' This program would shave off 90 more days, meaning Shepherd could be released as early as December of this year.

 

Fulton County Prosecutor Mike Marrs filed a motion on October 25 seeking to prevent this early release. 

 

Maverik Lowe, now 14, says he feels her time has not done justice for the crime.

 

 

 

Both Andy and Marlene said the lack of remorse and sympathy they have gotten from Alyssa or her family since the accident has been numbing. 

 

 

After three long years, 24 plus surgeries including a knee replacement, and costs for medical care and home adjustments, the bills have really started adding up. Maverik's family is finally taking up the offer for restitution in a total amount of roughly $40,000. 

 

Maverik's journey is still not over. It was only three weeks prior to this interview that he was able to completely bend his leg for the first time since the knee replacement he had over a year ago. A knee replacement usually lasts an average of 15 to 20 years. Receiving one at the age of 12 means he's most likely looking at a few more surgeries in his future.

 

For now, Maverik is just taking it one day at a time, with a bright future ahead of him. Now a freshman at Tippecanoe Valley High School, he hopes to eventually pursue a college degree in aerospace engineering. 

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