According to Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol, on June 22, 2024, at approximately 11:38 pm Deputies responded to a reported personal injury UTV ( Utility Terrain Vehicle ) accident at the Utica Rome Speedway track located on State Route 5, in the Town of Vernon. When deputies arrived on the scene they determined that a 2022 CFMOTO UTV was operated by Samantha Lieber, age 25 of Pennsylvania on the track at the speedway while the speedway was closed. While Lieber was driving the UTV around the track, Lieber lost control and the UTV rolled multiple times. The UTV passenger, Allison Simmons, age 29 of New Jersey, was pinned underneath the UTV. Lieber sustained a head injury and was transported to The Wynn Hospital for treatment. Simmons was also transported to The Wynn Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Members of the road patrol were assisted on scene by the Criminal Investigation Unit, Forensic Investigation Unit, New York State Police, Vineall Ambulance, and Vernon Fire Department. The circumstances and cause of the accident are still under investigation.