Driver who caused 3 traffic deaths is arrested

With the assistance of the United States Marshal Service, police arrested Travis Benjamin Vigil, this week, on three warrants for felony involuntary manslaughter in the July 23 deaths of three Emporia girls, ages 9, 11 and 12.

Vigil, 49, of Lancaster, PA, was arrested and taken into custody in Montana where he is currently being held without bond at the Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office. He is awaiting extradition back to Virginia. 

Charges against Vigil were pending review with the commonwealth attorney as Virginia State Police worked to complete their investigation of the fatal accident that occurred on July 23, at 11:33 p.m.

According to the state police, Shaketa Denise Williams was traveling southbound in a 2013 Honda CRV when she was struck in the rear by a 2016 Dodge Ram, driven by Vigil. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to strike the guard rail and spin out of control, causing the Dodge Ram to lose control, overturning in the median. 

Williams suffered non-life threatening injuries, but two female passengers, ages 9 and 11, died on impact. A third female, age 12, was transported to Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center (SRMC) with life threatening injuries and later flown to Virginia Commonwealth University where she later succumbed to her injuries on July 23.

Vigil suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to SRMC. 

The Virginia State Police Communications Center reported it was notified of a motor vehicle crash which had the left lane blocked, of southbound I-95 at the 6 mile marker in Greensville County.


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