54-year-old man dies in New Year’s Day crash

Free Silver Road Fatal
One person was killed early Thursday morning in a crash on Free Silver Road.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 54-year-old man died New Year’s Day in a single-car crash in Nashville.

The accident happened on Youngs Lane near Free Silver Road just before 5 a.m.

Richard Otey lost control in a curve, causing his Chrysler minivan to leave the roadway and strike a concrete drainage culvert.

Otey, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the van.

His passenger, 34-year-old Stefan Lavender, was not seriously hurt. Metro police stated Lavender was intoxicated and officers were not able to get a coherent statement from him.

They believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. Further details have yet to be released.

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