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The Times
  • Canajoharie man faces homicide charges in fatal ATV crash

  • A Canajoharie man is facing a series of homicide charges for his role in the death of a woman passenger in a high-speed, alcohol-related ATV crash in Herkimer County nearly one year ago. James Siver, 33, of Canajoharie, was driving an all-terrain four-wheeler at a high rate of speed with Leah Marie Hol...
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  • A Canajoharie man is facing a series of homicide charges for his role in the death of a woman passenger in a high-speed, alcohol-related ATV crash in Herkimer County nearly one year ago.
    James Siver, 33, of Canajoharie, was driving an all-terrain four-wheeler at a high rate of speed with Leah Marie Holtz, 26, as his passenger last June 29 when he struck a tree along Bingham Mill Road in the town of Salisbury, just north of Little Falls.
    Both were thrown from the ATV, and Holtz died at the scene, police said. Siver suffered injuries to his legs and pelvis, but was not immediately charged as the fatality remained under investigation.
    A Herkimer County grand jury indicted Siver on 13 charges, with the most serious being aggravated vehicular homicide, prosecutors said.
    The top charge alleges that Siver was driving recklessly while intoxicated after already having a prior conviction for another alcohol-related offense, Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter said. If convicted on that count, Siver could face up to a maximum of 25 years in prison.
    The other counts include first-degree and second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and various vehicle-traffic offenses involving the ATV, prosecutors said.
    Donald Manley is representing Siver and they are due to appear before Herkimer County Court Judge John Crandall on Friday for pre-trial discussions.

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