On August 6, 2023, at approximately 2:30 p.m., New York State Police in Bath responded to a fatal accident involving two vehicles on State Route 415 at the intersection of Michigan Hollow Road in the town of Avoca, Steuben County.
The deceased, identified as 51-year-old Michael A. Hinrich of Nunda, NY, was operating a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro westbound on Michigan Hollow Road. Henrich approached the stop sign at the intersection of State Route 415 and attempted to turn southbound onto State Route 415. A 2018 Buick, operated by 26-year-old Michael S. Eldridge of Hornell, NY, was traveling northbound on State Route 415 and struck the driver’s side door of Hinrich’s Camaro. Hinrich was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Steuben County Coroner’s Office. Eldridge was transported by Ambulance to Noyes Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 26-year-old Christopher D. Nickerson, of Wellsville, NY, a passenger in the Buick, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 36-year-old Casie L. Lewis, a passenger in the Chevrolet Camaro, was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The New York State Police were assisted at the scene by Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Avoca Ambulance, Cohocton Ambulance, American Medical Response, and the Kanona Fire Department. The investigation is ongoing.