Staff Report —
According to Virginia State Police, by order of the commonwealth’s attorney, warrants were obtained today (Feb. 3) for the arrest of Joseph Michael Castiglia, driver of the Ford F250 that on Jan. 28 struck the rear of a Toyota Yaris in Northampton County killing two female juvenile passengers, a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old.
Castiglia was charged with two counts of manslaughter and one count of reckless driving. Castiglia was held without bond.
State Police report that on Jan. 28, at approximately 7:24 a.m., a school bus was stopped on Route 13 south of Bayford Road in Northampton County 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