On July 29, 2023, at approximately 1:00 a.m., SP Herkimer responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Warren Rd. in the town of German Flatts. Further investigation revealed that when the vehicle, a 2008 Nissan Altima, crested the top of the hill on Warren Rd. the driver lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then exited the roadway, struck a tree, and became engulfed in flames on the west shoulder the road.
The two occupants of the vehicle, 31-year-old Andrew Newman and 19-year-old Lillianna Mae Pavelka, both of Utica, were pronounced deceased at the scene.