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Man arrested in I-95 crash that killed 3 Virginia children

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Posted at 2:55 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 14:59:05-04

GREENSVILLE COUNTY, Va. -- The driver of a pickup truck that state police said rear-ended an SUV, killing three children along I-95 in Greensville County in July has been arrested in connection with the crash.

A Honda CR-V was headed south on the interstate when it was hit in the rear by a Dodge Ram on July 23 just around 11:30 p.m., according to Virginia State Police.

The patrol said the impact of the crash caused the Honda to hit the guard rail and spin out of control, and caused the Dodge Ram to lose control and overturn in the median.

According to the news release, the driver of the Honda, Shaketa Denise Williams of Emporia, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Two girls aged 9 and 11 died upon impact, and a 12-year-old female was hospitalized and died two days later.

Troopers previously said alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

Forty-nine-year-old Travis Benjamin Vigil, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is facing three counts of felony involuntary manslaughter.

Vigil was arrested and taken into custody in Montana with the assistant of the U.S. Marshals Service Thursday, according to troopers.

He is being held without bond at the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office until he can be extradited to Virginia, officials said.