Northampton County Jan. 28 Crash Kills Two Minors

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The following is an updated version of a story originally reported Jan. 28.

Staff Report – A motor vehicle accident in Northampton County on Friday, Jan. 28, resulted in the deaths of two minors, a 12-year-old female and a 15-year-old female.

The Virginia State Police reported Wednesday morning that an investigation is ongoing and charges are pending against Joseph Michael Castiglia, of Melfa, the driver of the pickup truck that crashed into a car stopped for a school bus.

On Jan. 28, at approximately 7:24 a.m., south of Bayford Road in Northampton County, a school bus was stopped on Route 13 in the right southbound lane, with its safety lights flashing and stop sign deployed.

Stopped in the left lane, adjacent to the school bus, were a 2016 GMC Sierra and a 2007 Toyota Yaris behind it. Castiglia was driving a 2006 Ford F250 pickup truck, which rear-ended the Toyota and pushed it into the GMC.

Castiglia and the driver of the GMC were uninjured but the 12-year-old female in the backseat on the passenger side of the Toyota was killed upon impact. The 15-year-old female in the backseat on the driver’s side suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, where she died Sunday, Jan. 30.

The driver of the Toyota, 33-year-old Nayda Vazquez Negron, and her 13-year-old female front-seat passenger suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and they were transported from the scene.

A GoFundMe for the family of the victims can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/familia-ortiz-vazquez

Condolences and donations also may be sent to the victims’ parents, Luis Ortiz and Nayda Vazquez, at 1148 Westfield Ave., Exmore, VA 23350.

The fundraiser’s organizer, Noemi Vazquez Negron, wrote on the GoFundMe web page, “On behalf of the family we are truly very thankful for each and everyone’s support.”

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