The man who admitted he used heroin before causing a crash that killed a woman and left her daughter paralyzed appeared in court Monday morning.
42-year-old Muhammad Baqir of Liverpool was arraigned in Onondaga County Court before Judge Anthony Aloi on charges of second degree vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular manslaughter, second degree manslaughter, and four counts of vehicular assault. Police say Baqir was intoxicated when he crashed into the Patterson family??s car on the afternoon of November 24, killing 34-year-old Meagan Patterson of Liverpool. 35-year-old Lance Patterson, 10-year-old Olivia Patterson, two-year-old Sophia Patterson and 14-year-old Justin Root were also injured in the crash. Olivia Patterson was paralyzed from the waist down.
In court papers obtained after Baqir??s arrest, he told deputies he used heroin at 7:30 a.m. that day, a full six hours before the crash took place. The papers also revealed he did not have a drivers?? license.
In court Monday, Baqir pleaded not guilty and was sent to the Onondaga County jail without bail. He also faces a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs. He is scheduled to return to court for a hearing on May 27.
The Onondaga County District Attorney??s Office says it will seek the maximum sentence of 8.5 to 25 years in prison in this case.