Police: Man killed in Old Hickory Boulevard crash was hallucinating, stabbing at ghost

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – One person was killed in a crash on Old Hickory Boulevard in Brentwood after a car hit a tree.

Police say the crash happened at 2:05 a.m. Saturday on Old Hickory Boulevard near Westpark Drive.

The investigation reveals 35-year-old Joshua Little of Sylacauga, Alabama, was riding in a 2004 Nissan Xterra SUV driven by a 26-year-old woman from Lebanon. The driver told investigators Little had been using heroin and fentanyl and began experiencing hallucinations, saying he saw a ghost in the backseat.

The driver then told investigators Little tried to fight off the ghost by stabbing it with a knife. The driver then reportedly became distracted with Little’s actions and ran off the right side of the roadway, hitting two trees and killing Little, who was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, according to police.

Police say the medical examiner will perform toxicology tests on Little ‘s blood for drug and alcohol content. The driver did not show any signs of impairment at the scene.

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