'Bad Decision': Man Apparently Overdoses While Driving With Infant in Back Seat
A man arrested on a cruelty charge admitted to police he “made a bad decision” when he became unconscious after he took an unprescribed drug while behind the wheel with an infant in his backseat.
North Smithfield, Rhode Island, police responded to a call for a possible overdose Aug. 3 about 6:51 p.m. When they arrived at the scene near 455 Victory Highway, they discovered Michael Kraczynski of 14 Fall St., Woonsocket, in the driver’s seat of a car. Behind him was a small child in a car seat. Police say Kaczynski was gurgling, but then stopped. Officers administered Narcan, but Kraczynski then turned blue and appeared to stop breathing. Police gave a second dose with no affect before North Smithfield Rescue arrived.
Rescuers gave two more doses of Narcan before Kaczynski became conscious. He was taken to Landmark Medical Center for evaluation. The Division of Children, Youth and Families was contacted and the child was released to his mother at the scene.
A photograph taken at the scene has brought widespread attention to the incident.
Photo- Michael Kraczynski's booking photo and an image made at the scene.
The following day Kraczynski went to the town’s police department and told officers he had taken two white pills that he thought were OxyContin to treat shoulder pain. He told police he began to feel strange about 10 minutes after taking the two pills and pulled over. He also admitted he was not taking any prescribed medication for the pain. According to an account of the incident by police they say Kraczynski told them he “made a bad decision.”
Kraczynski was charged with cruelty to or neglect of a child. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 30.