Driver indicted for deadly crash on I-64

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by Brian Farrell, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:47 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 5:53 AM

UPDATE 3/17/14:  Neil William Lyness was indicted in Virginia Beach Monday on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter (2 counts) and driving while license revoked– 3rd or subsequent Offense. Lyness has an attorney appointment hearing on March 20 and a trial date will be set after that.
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UPDATE: 10/3 8:20 a.m.: Neil Lyness was denied bond and his preliminary hearing was set for November 7 at 9:00 a.m.
It was revealed in court that Lyness has a long list of charges from many cities and states, including Florida and North Carolina.
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UPDATE 9/30 2:45 p.m.: Neil Lyness was charged in General District Court with manslaughter, reckless driving, DUI and driving with a suspended license.  Lyness, who was in a wheelchair, has asked for a court appointed attorney and hopes to have a bond hearing.  His next court date is set for November 7.
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9/30 9am Update: Neil Lyness is due in Va. Beach General District Court, Traffic Division, at 2:00 p.m., according to Macie Pridgen, spokeswoman for the Commonwealth's Attorney office.
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VIRGINIA BEACH -- The driver of a truck that crashed into a car on Interstate 64 Wednesday night, killing a mother and her daughter, faces new charges.

Virginia State Police Trooper G.F. Long took 29-year-old Neil W. Lyness of Moyock, North Carolina into custody Saturday night.

Lyness, who already faced a charge of reckless driving, now faces charges of Involuntary Manslaughter (2 counts) and Driving While (license is) Suspended, 3rd or Subsequent Offense.

Virginia State Police said on September 25, Lyness was heading westbound on I-64 before Indian River Road in Va. Beach. His truck crossed the grassy median, sliding sideways across the eastbound lanes. Sandra Amaya, 31, of Virginia Beach was unable to avoid hitting the truck and ran into the side of it. The crash killed Amaya and her 12-year-old daughter, Sophia Lopez.

Lyness was treated at the hospital.

He is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

In a check of court records, in Va. Beach, he was convicted in 2009 of failure to obey highway markings.   In Chesapeake, Lyness was on the police department's wanted list for grand larceny.

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