York Township man charged in fatal 2019 I-83 crash

Harper Ho
York Dispatch
Nikhil Dev

A York Township man has been charged in a 2019 crash that killed a Virginia woman on Interstate 83 near Shrewsbury. 

Nikhil Mukund Dev, of the 2700 block of Woodspring Drive in York Township, is charged with criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault with extreme indifference, homicide by vehicle and aggravated assault by vehicle.

He was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Lindy Lane Sweeney. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan 28.

Dev has been in York County prison since June 2019 without bail on separate charges of stabbing his wife and mother-in-law about a week after the fatal crash.

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That case is pending in the York County Court of Common Pleas before President Judge Maria Musti Cook. There are no new court dates scheduled. 

State police filled charges this week following a lengthy and detailed investigation that showed Dev was driving recklessly, according to a Thursday news release.

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Namitha Alicea, 41, of Colonial Beach in Virginia, died at the scene from blunt force injuries to her head and neck, according to charging documents. 

Investigators determined that Dev was going 97 mph in a 55 mph construction zone when the crash happened about 9 a.m. in May 2019 on I-83 just south of Plank Road in Shrewsbury.

Police said Dev was driving with his wife in a Toyota Rav4 in the left lane when his car abruptly moved into the right lane and struck the rear driver's side of a 2014 GMC Sierra.

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Alicea was ejected from the rear passenger seat when the GMC overturned multiple times, according to charging documents. Her husband suffered a fractured sternum and their dog was also ejected and died.

Dev told police he was going "80 miles per hour when his vehicle suddenly began to sway, and he could not gain control of its movement," charging documents state.

A witness said Dev had sped past her before she came upon the crash and pulled over.

"Dev did not attempt to brake or correct the steering of his vehicle in the closing seconds of this collision," charging documents state. "Dev's actions or lack of actions are consistent with a driver who did this intentionally or was inattentive to his surroundings."

About a week after the deadly crash, York Area Regional Police arrested Dev following a stabbing incident at his residence.

Dev allegedly told police he "snapped" and stabbed his wife and her mother multiple times with a knife while the family, including their two daughters, were watching a movie.

Both women were taken to WellSpan York Hospital for deep lacerations on their head and arms.