This story has been updated from the original post to include more details from Virginia State Police. It was updated a second time following the death of the second child.
Staff Report —
Troopers have cleared the fatal crash on U.S. 13 near Nassawadox and the roadway is now open. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
According to State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya, preliminary investigation of a Jan. 28 crash in Northampton County near Nassawadox reveals that the traffic crash involved three vehicles and resulted in two juvenile fatalities.
On Jan. 28, at approximately 7:24 a.m., Virginia State Police were called to investigate a multi-vehicle accident 9108 Lankford Highway (Route 13) in Northampton Country near Nassawadox. The investigation reveals that a Northampton school bus was stopped in the southbound lanes of Route 13 with its safety lights flashing and its stop sign deployed. A 2016 GMC Sierra stopped adjacent to the school bus along with a 2007 Toyota Yaris. As the vehicles were stopped/yielding to the school bus, the driver of a 2006 Ford F250, Joseph M. Castiglia, struck the Toyota in the rear, pushing it into the GMC.
The initial impact caused massive damage to the Toyota sedan, killing the 12-year-old female seated in the back seat,” wrote Anaya in an email to media. The other female seated in the back seat (15 years old, although the initial press release from State Police gave her age as 13) suffered serious life-threatening injuries and was transported to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter in Norfolk. She succumbed to her injuries yesterday at CHKD.
The Toyota driver, 33-year-old Nayda Vazquez Negron, and her front seat 13-year-old female passenger both suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were transported from the scene.
Castiglia and the driver of the GMC did not claim injuries from the crash.
The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.