VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The driver police say killed a woman and her daughter in a crash on Interstate 64 in Virginia Beach faced a judge Monday.
Neil Lyness appeared via video for his arraignment on charges of involuntary manslaughter - DUI, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
Lyness asked for a court-appointed attorney and is scheduled to be back in court November 7. Lyness also asked to have a bond hearing. The judge told him he would need to discuss a potential bond hearing with his attorney.
According to Corinne Geller with the Virginia State Police, Lyness was driving a pickup truck westbound on I-64 the night of Sept. 25, when his vehicle crossed through the median near Indian River Road. As the truck slid sideways across the eastbound lanes, it collided with a 1995 Hyundai sedan.
State Police said the driver of the Hyundai, Sandra D. Amaya, 31, and her daughter, 12-year-old Sophia Lopez, both died at the scene.
Lyness, 29, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Geller said Lyness was charged with reckless driving Friday after he was released from the hospital.
Virginia State Police took Lyness into custody Saturday night on additional charges. Lyness was taken to Virginia Beach Jail on two counts of involuntary manslaughter - DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Documents: Lyness' warrants
The Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's office tells WAVY.com the magistrate has charged Lyness with involuntary manslaughter - DUI. The DUI aspect is unclear at this time. Commonwealth Attorney Harvey Bryant says he is still waiting for lab results before pursuing a DUI charge.
“The magistrate took some things the trooper said, I think, and in anticipating what might come out of the investigation, issued the warrants involving DUI-manslaughter; aggravated involuntary manslaughter,” explained Bryant. “What we'll have to see is whether that plays out as we wait for the test results.”
Geller said the cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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