Driver crashes while overdosing on heroin, Xanax - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Driver crashes while overdosing on heroin, Xanax

Kurt Ryan (Source: MPD) Kurt Ryan (Source: MPD)

A good Samaritan called police when he saw a man overdosing inside his car in the middle of traffic.

It happened Thursday at the corner of Breedlove Street and Jackson Avenue. Memphis Police Department said Kurt Ryan crashed his car into a traffic control box while he overdosed on heroin.

"His head was shaking," witness Robert Carruthers said.

Carruthers said he saw a good Samaritan try to put Ryan's car in park after Ryan crashed.

Court records show that he told police he used heroin and Xanax earlier in the day.

Memphis is in the middle of a heroin epidemic.

In 2015, there were 27 heroin deaths. As of last month, there were 74 deaths already in 2016.

"We've got a huge huge problem with it; [there's] a lot of heroin around and it's cheap," treatment specialist Steven Watts said. 

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