Virginia woman killed in I-83 crash

Traffic was backed up for miles after crews closed a portion of Interstate 83 near Shrewsbury Friday, May 24. Photo courtesy of

A Virginia woman was killed when she was ejected from her truck Friday morning on Interstate 83 near Shrewsbury, according to police.

State police identified the victim as 41-year-old Namitha Alicea, of Colonial Beach, Virginia.

An autopsy conducted Saturday morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown determined she died from blunt force trauma and the manner of death was accidental, the York County Coroner's Office stated in a news release.

Police stated in a news release that a white Toyota Rav4, driven by Nikhil Dev, 43, of York, lost control and struck a blue GMC Sierra, driven by Alesander Alicea, 40, near the Shrewsbury exit just before 9 a.m. Friday.

Dev's vehicle collided with the Sierra on the rear driver's side, and the two vehicles hit the I-83 median, according to police.

The Sierra overturned after it hit the median, and Namitha Alicea, who was in the rear passenger seat, was ejected from the truck, police said.

Namitha Alicea was declared dead at the scene. A dog inside the truck was ejected from the vehicle, and it died as well, according to police.

Alesander Alicea, also of Colonial Beach, Nikhil Dev and his passenger Madhura Dev, 38, also of York, were taken to York Hospital from the scene.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. 

At about 2:15 p.m. Friday, May 24, I-83 southbound was still closed from Exit 8, Glen Rock, to Exit 4, Shrewsbury, while troopers investigated the scene. Police said the road should re-open by 3 p.m.

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