Woman charged in fatal Fairview Twp. crash

Christopher Dornblaser

A Fairview Township woman has been charged in a crash that killed a woman who was walking on the shoulder of a road earlier this year, according to charging documents filed Wednesday by Fairview Township Police.

Trisha M. Seilhamer, 30, of 567 Nauvoo Road, is charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person, careless driving causing unintentional death, careless driving and a summary traffic violation, according to charging documents.

The charges stem from an incident in which police say Seilhamer struck a woman with her car and caused fatal injuries to her in February.

Crash:  At 7 a.m. on Feb. 20, Seilhamer was driving her maroon 2012 Chevrolet Cruze south in the 900 block of Lewisberry Road when she hit Nita Stout, 45, of the 400 block of Nauvoo Road, as she was walking north on the southbound shoulder, according to police.

Police say when Seilhamer struck Stout, there were no adverse weather conditions other than the road being slightly damp, and Seilhamer did not have any visual obstructions while driving.

"Seilhamer caused or allowed her vehicle to travel completely onto the paved shoulder of the southbound lane while traveling south on Lewisberry Road and negotiating a left-hand curve in the roadway," charging documents state.

Police say Seilhamer's car drove 135 feet on the shoulder.

Stout hit the driver's side front hood and windshield of Seilhamer's car, according to charging documents. Police allege because of tire marks observed at the scene from Seilhamer's car and the damage to the left side of her car that Stout had moved to the right about 10 feet to try to avoid being hit by the car.

Seilhamer's car stopped in the southbound lane of Lewisberry Road, and Stout came to rest on the right side of Seilhamer's car, police said.

"No evidence of evasive actions including braking and or steering to avoid striking the victim were found at the scene," charging documents state.

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When Seilhamer spoke to police, she said she was coming home from work and was approaching Nauvoo Road when a figure appeared directly in front of her vehicle, documents state. She said she was not able to react or avoid hitting the person, according to the documents.

According to a tweet from the York County coroner at the time, Stout died from multiple blunt-force injuries, with the manner accidental.

Police say an inspection of Seilhamer's vehicle revealed no evidence of pre-crash mechanical defect or failure. She was not injured from the crash.

Fairview Township Police filed the charges Wednesday, and Seilhamer was arraigned in front of District Judge Scott J. Gross that morning. She waived her preliminary hearing, according to online court records. Seilhamer remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail, meaning that if she does not show up to court proceedings, she will have to forfeit that amount.

Brian Perry, who is listed as her attorney, did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Seilhamer's formal arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 2.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.