Onondaga County Sheriff's detectives say a fiery January crash on Old Liverpool Road that took a man's life was determined to be an accident.
Detective Jon Seeber says that the victim, 63-year-old Eteng Itam, was a heavy smoker who only used stick matches to light his cigarettes. Seeber says fire investigators learned Itam had rags in the car soaked with gasoline, brake fluids and other materials. They believe Itam either lit a match or put out a cigarette, which ignited the rags. Itam's attempt to open the car door allowed oxygen to rush in and make the fire worse.