A Madison woman is dead after she was struck by a car she had been riding in along Interstate 64 following an argument with the driver, according to Virginia State Police.
Travis Rios, 24, of Ruckersville in Greene County, faces charges including involuntary manslaughter in the death of Augusta May Woodward, 40. State police said she died at VCU Medical Center from injuries sustained after being struck by a car on Friday.
Police said that a 1999 Honda Accord was westbound on I-64 when the driver and passenger got into an argument, police said. The driver, Rios, pulled off onto the shoulder near the Hadensville Exit 152 in Goochland County; and the passenger, Woodward, got out, according to police.
“Rios first drove forward and then backed up the vehicle, striking Woodward,” state police said in a statement. “The impact sent Woodward into the rear window of the Honda, shattering it, and she then fell to the ground.”
Rios put Woodward back inside the car, police said. He then continued west on I-64 for about 3 miles, where he stopped the vehicle again and got out.
Around 11:08 p.m., Virginia state troopers received a series of 911 calls from other drivers about a vehicle missing its rear window stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 64 at the 149 mile marker in Goochland County. Trooper E.W. Jones responded, police said.
Rios was arrested and transported to Henrico Jail West.
In addition to the charge of involuntary manslaughter, Rios was charged with driving under the influence, a first offense; possession of marijuana, a second offense; and improper stopping on a highway.
The crash remains under investigation, police said.