Boy Injured In Bus Stop Crash That Killed 3 Siblings Talks About His Recovery

AKRON, Ind. (WISH) -- Less than three months after a driver hit four children crossing a street to board a school bus in Fulton County, the boy who survived the crash talked to News 8 about what he remembers, how's he recovering and what he wants to do for the three friends he lost that day.

When sixth grader Maverik Lowe, who was injured in the crash that killed three siblings, talked to News 8 from his family's home Friday, he talked about a dream he had in mid-October. 

"I was walking. It was just me. I remember getting hit; I remember waking up; I remember standing up thinking, 'How am I okay?'" he said about a dream where he was walking to his school bus. "And I'm walking, and I go up to my mom and I try to give her a hug and I go straight through her."

On Oct. 30, that dream became a nightmare he could not wake up from when, according to police, 24-year-old Alyssa Shepherd hit Maverik Lowe and his three friends: 6-year-old Xzavier Ingle, 6-year-old Mason Ingle, and 9-year-old Alivia Stahl. The twin boys and their sister died at the scene from their injuries. Shepherd was arrested and charged.

Maverik said what he remembers about the tragic accident is it was dark. There were lights and a scream. 

"I moved in front of it, and tried to push them out of the way," he said about the car barreling toward them. 

His mom, Jocelynne Lowe, said Maverik flew 66 feet before landing facedown in a ditch.         

"I can't feel anything. I feel numb. I can't feel any pain," he said.

Maverik suffered major facial damage, a shattered arm, a broken back, a broken neck and a punctured lung. 

"I just kept telling him, 'Keep breathing; don't close your eyes. Please don't close your eyes,'" said Jocelynne, recalling what she said when she found him. 

Maverik was airlifted to a hospital in Fort Wayne.

"They didn't even think he would make it to the hospital," said Jocelynne.

Maverik needed 12 hours of surgery.

"He said, 'Mom, be tough.' And from that point on, that strength is what has gotten me where we are today," Jocelynne said.

Maverik got to go home from the hospital right before Christmas, but his recovery is just beginning. 

He said he's trying to relearn many things from playing the trombone to walking -- and even remembering some friends. 

"This girl gave me her phone number and she told me I'm her best friend and I was, but she told me her name and I'm like, 'That sounds familiar. I don't remember it,'" he said. 

Taking care of Maverik and helping him recover is a constant job for Jocelynne.

"If he has to go to the bathroom, he can't do that by himself. I have to help him. He needs help doing everything," she said.    

Throw in therapy three times a week, wound care once a week and surgery follow-ups, and the time commitment meant Jocelynne had to quit her job. The family said they were told because Maverik is younger than 18, they don't have access to covered in-home care for him. 

"I'll do whatever it takes, always, for my boys," Jocelynne said.

But the family has not been alone. Thanks to community support, the family home now has wider doors, new floors, an accessible bathroom and a wheelchair ramp, all to help Maverik on his long path to recovery.  

"I'm just glad there are still good people out there in the world," said his dad, Loren Lowe. 

And now the big question: Will Maverik ever walk again? Doctors aren't sure yet, but Maverik Lowe has hope. 

"Knowing that my friends aren't coming back made me feel like I will do this for them. I will walk again for them," he said. 

GoFundMe accounts have been set up for the families of all the children involved in the crash. To support the families of Xzavier and Mason Ingle and Alivia Stahl, click 

here. To support the family of Maverik Lowe, click 

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