VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia Beach claimed two lives Wednesday night.
Virginia State Police responded to a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes of I-64 just west of Indian River Road around 7 p.m., according to Corinne Geller with the VSP.
When troopers arrived at the scene they learned a pickup truck traveling westbound on the interstate crossed through the grassy median. As the truck slid sideways across the eastbound lanes, a 1994 Hyundai sedan was unable to avoid the truck and ran into the side of it, Geller said.
The driver of the Hyundai, Sandra D. Amaya, 31, of Virginia Beach, and passenger 12-year-old Sophia Lopez both died at the scene.
The 29-year-old driver of the pickup truck was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. A spokesman at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital told WAVY.com Thursday he was in serious condition.
10 On Your Side's Erin Kelly talked to neighbors of Anaya and Lopez outside the family's Norfolk home, Thursday. Phyllis Ward said she lived across the hall from them.
"I just cried. I felt so sad, especially for a little child that age to just pass away like that. And her mom, I just seen her yesterday. She was just a friendly person. She was outgoing, you know, always at the beach," Ward said.
Geller said charges are pending.
The VSP Chesapeake Division Accident Reconstruction Team is helping with the investigation into the cause of the crash.
All eastbound lanes of I-64 reopened by 10:05 p.m.
Neighbors planned to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday afternoon for the victims outside Amaya's home in Norfolk.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates as they become available.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.