Woonsocket man overdoses in car; child in back seat

Woonsocket man overdoses in car; child in back seat

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Police arrested a Woonsocket man on Aug. 4 after he allegedly overdosed in his car while his child was in the back seat.

On Aug. 3, officers from North Smithfield were dispatched to the area of Victory Highway and North Main Street for a possible overdose in a vehicle. They approached the vehicle in the area of 445 Victory Highway and found 33-year-old Michael Krajczynski, of 14 Fall St. in Woonsocket. He was gurgling, according to police, and then stopped.

Police administered one dose of Narcan, and North Smithfield Rescue then showed up. Personnel administered two more doses of Narcan, reviving Krajczynski. He was then taken to Landmark Medical Center and evaluated.

During the incident, officers had noticed a small child, about 18 months old, in the back seat of the vehicle. The child was released on scene to his mother.

After Krajczynski turned himself in the next morning, police said he told them he had taken "two white pills that he thought were OxyContins" while behind the wheel. He said he began feeling strange about 10 minutes after taking the pills and pulled over. He said he had been experiencing some shoulder pain but was not currently taking any prescription medication for it. He later added that he "made a bad decision."

Krajczynski was charged with cruelty to or neglect of a child. He was released with a court date of Aug. 30 for a formal arraignment. DCYF was notified of the incident.