Man honored for rescuing driver who crashed into Pawcatuck River

South County

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An Ashaway man who rescued a Providence man from a sinking car in the Pawcatuck River on New Year’s Day was honored at the State House for his heroic actions.

Kyle Driscoll, who works at the Malted Barley, was outside the restaurant with his manager around 1:30 a.m. when they heard a loud crash. Driscoll said he noticed a car sinking into the frigid waters with a person in the driver’s seat.

Without hesitation, Driscoll jumped into the water and brought the man to shore.

“If the fire alarm didn’t go off and I wasn’t out here with my manager, I just think it would have been a totally different outcome,” Driscoll said in an interview with Eyewitness News. “I’m just glad I was here, in the right place at the right time.”

Driscoll was kept overnight at the hospital for treatment because of how cold the water was, but he was not injured in the incident. The driver of the car was also not injured.

“Kyle Driscoll risked his own life without hesitation to save a stranger. We are so fortunate to have such a hero in our community,” Senate Minority Whip Elaine Morgan, who represents the district where Driscoll lives, said Tuesday.

Morgan said authorities still have not found the car that sank into the river.

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