Court documents reveal driver was high on heroin before crash that killed Liverpool mother

Meagan Patterson

The man accused of slamming into a Liverpool mother's car, killing her and leaving several others seriously hurt was high on heroin before the crash, according to court documents obtained by CNYCentral.

In the court papers, 42-year-old Muhammad Baqir of Liverpool told deputies, "I used heroin at about 7:30 a.m. I sniffed it. I bought it on Merriman Avenue. I use methadone." The documents also reveal he did not have a driver's license.

The crash happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday on Oswego Road between Rosewood Place and Willowbrook Drive. Deputies say Baqir crossed into the other lane, side-swiping another car before slamming head-on into a Fort Escort, killing 34-year-old Meagan Patterson. Four other people were hurt in the crash, including 35-year-old Lance Patterson, 10-year-old Olivia Patterson, 2-year-old Sophia Patterson and 14-year-old Justin Root.

Witnesses say Baqir was driving erratically just before the crash. He and his passenger were not hurt.

Deputies performed a field sobriety test on him after the crash. According to the court paperwork, the deputy asked Baqir to stand on one leg and within 10 seconds, Baquir was swaying.

He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving while under the influence of drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation.

At last check Monday morning, Lance Patterson was in serious condition,Olivia Patterson remained in critical condition, and Sophia Patterson and Justin Root were in fair condition.

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