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Arson lodged in connection with fatal NY car crash

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Crime,New York

CLAY, N.Y. (AP) — A 31-year-old upstate New York man has been indicted on arson charges in connection with a fire that destroyed the home of a neighbor who caused a fatal car crash.

Joshua Brennan, of Clay in suburban Syracuse, is accused of setting a fire at the home of Muhammad Baqir a little more than a week after Baqir caused a head-on crash that killed 34-year-old Meagan Patterson.

Authorities have not determined a motive for the alleged arson.

Baqir, who admitted taking heroin the day of the crash, lived near Brennan at the time of the late-November accident. He was indicted in March on 15 felonies, including three homicide charges.

Both men are being held in the Onondaga County Jail.

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