“My mom won’t wake up and we’re on I-4 in the car!”
According to ABC Action News, 911 operators received this frantic call from a 12-year-old girl on Thursday night, claiming her mom had passed out while driving on I-4 in Volusia County.
Police report that the mother had actually passed out from a heroin overdose. The 28-year-old driver Tiffany Smith managed to pull over to the side of the I-4 as she lost consciousness, (according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office).
When sheriff deputies arrived, they found Smith (the mother) unconscious. In the vehicle with her, where her 12-year-old daughter, a 7-year-old boy, a 1-year-old boy, and two dogs.
Paramedics immediately administered Narcan to revive the woman, police said. In the officer’s body-cam video, the mother can be heard saying she took Heroin for her “back pain” and that she and her children were on a five-hour drive to see her sister in South Carolina when her back began to hurt. The officer was obviously surprised.
“I honestly took heroin because my back was hurting,” Smith told the officials.
“Is that something you should be taking for your back?” the deputy asks.
“It’s not, but I had no pain pill and my back was hurting and I’m making a five-hour trip,” Smith responded.
Smith was taken to AdventHealth Fish Memorial hospital to be checked out and found to be in stable condition.
The mother was charged with neglect, but was not immediately booked into Volusia County Branch Jail, pending her treatment at the hospital, police said.
According to police reports, Smith’s children were not physically injured and were placed in the custody of their grandmother. The dogs were turned over to animal control.
You can hear the 12-year old’s frantic 911 call and see the responding officers body-cam video below: