Update 9/27 11p.m. Neil W. Lyness, the driver of the truck, has been charged with reckless driving...the investigation continues.
UPDATE 9/27 6:41 p.m.: The driver of the truck, 29-year-old Neil W. Lyness of Moyock, N.C.,has been released from the hospital. There is still no word of charges in the case.
UPDATE 9/27: 8:30am: Norfolk Public Schools tells WVEC.com that extra counseling services are being offered today at Norview Middle, where Sophia had just started school.
Mr. Lyness is now in good condition, Sentara officials say.
UPDATE 7 p.m.: Nearly 75 people attended a vigil at Amaya's Norfolk apartment. Laurel Adams said of her daughter, "She was the life of every room she walked into, she had a very quick wit and she was as you can see she meant a lot to a lot of people.” About her granddaughter, Laurel Adams called her "sweet innocent, loving."
Juan Lopez said he was lucky to have a daughter like Sophia. "She was like the sweetest thing, you know. I didn't have any problems with her. You always hear parents have a problem child. My daughter was the opposite, so I lucked out on her."
UPDATE 9/26 2:21 p.m.: The girl has been identified as 12-year-old Sophia.
UPDATE: 9/26 6:45 a.m.: A woman and a young girl were killed. The woman has been identified as 31-year-old Sandra D. Amaya of Norfolk.
Truck driver, 29-year-old Neil W. Lyness of Moyock, N.C., remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Shannon DiGiacomo posted on the WVEC13 Facebook page: "Sandie Amaya was a good person, she was loud, loyal, hilarious and unafraid of anything. She was a great mother, and a wonderful friend."
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Two people were killed in an accident on I-64 near Indian River Road in Virginia Beach Wednesday night.
A witness told 13News Now that a pickup truck travelling in the wrong direction around 7:00 p.m. hit a Hyundai, causing it to go airborne.
"It looked like it happened so fast. It looked like a black truck cut across the median and when doing so he hit another van - another car - and that car was like flipping in the air," said Kari Hill.
Authorities confirm the truck driver was heading westbound when it crossed the grassy median and slid sideways, colliding with a car in the eastbound lanes.
The two people in the car were killed; the truck driver was taken to the hospital with injuries considered life-threatening, said Va. State Police.
"I was thinking if I were there 20 minutes earlier, 20 minutes later that could've been me," Hill said.
The Virginia State Police Chesapeake Division Accident Reconstruction Team was investigating.
All eastbound lanes of I-64 were re-opened by 10:05 p.m.