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State police charge Ruckersville man in death of woman who was injured on I-64 near Hadensville exit

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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A man has been arrested for crimes alleged to have taken place between the Hadensville and Zion Crossroad exits along I-64 on the night of Friday, April 13.

Virginia State Police Trooper E.W Jones responded to a series of 911 calls that night concerning a vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder of eastbound I-64 at the 149 mile marker in Goochland County.

Travis Rios, 24, of Ruckersville was driving a 1999 Honda Accord westbound on I-64 when he got into an argument with his passenger, according to the trooper. Rios pulled off onto the shoulder of the road near the Hadensville exit at milemarker 152 in Goochland County. The passenger, Augusta May Woodward, 40, of Madison, exited the vehicle.

According to information obtained by the state police, Rios allegedly drove  the vehicle forward, then backed up and struck Woodward, who then smashed into the rear window of the Honda, shattering it, before falling to the ground.

Rios stopped the Honda, got out and picked up Woodward to put her inside the vehicle. Rios then continued drivng west on I-64. He pulled off onto the shoulder of the road near mile marker 149 and got out of his vehicle again. By this time, other drivers on I-64 began calling the Virginia State Police dispatch center about a vehicle missing its rear window and stopped out on the shoulder.

Woodward was transported to MCV Hospital in Richmond where she died as a result of her injuries. Rios was arrested and transported to Henrico Jail West.

Trooper Jones charged Rios with involuntary manslaughter, DUI first offense, possession of marijuana second offense and improper stopping on a highway. 

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office.