OP Man Jailed Again Less Than Week After Accident


OCEAN CITY — Six days after causing a horrific accident on Coastal Highway that left an 18-month-old girl critically injured and clinging to life, an Ocean Pines man was arrested again late last week on drug possession charges and was observed driving recklessly through town.

On Dec. 16, Andre Kaczynski, 47, plowed his pick-up truck into the back of a vehicle stopped at a traffic light on Coastal Highway at 142nd Street at a high rate of speed. The force of the collision caused the two vehicles to move roughly 100 feet before coming to a stop and Kaczynski’s truck burst into flames. The passenger car, occupied by Ann Marie DelRicco and her 18-month-old daughter, Ava, was crumpled in the collision and emergency responders worked quickly to extricate the two victims from the wreckage.

The child was removed from the vehicle and flown via Maryland State Police helicopter first to the PRMC trauma center in Salisbury. Baby Ava was then flown to Johns Hopkins Shock Trauma were she remained in critical condition late this week. The investigation determined Kaczynski was traveling at a high rate of speed and a search of his vehicle following the collision revealed an undisclosed amount of Phencyclidine (PCP).

After his release from the hospital, Kaczynski was taken into custody and taken to the Public Safety Building under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. After several sobriety tests, he was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, causing a life-threatening injury to a victim and possession of PCP.

During interviews following the crash, Kaczynski admitted to Ocean City police detectives he was under the influence of PCP at the time of the collision and that he regularly uses PCP. He was later released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Last Wednesday, Ocean City police detectives began a follow-up investigation on Kaczynski and his PCP possession and obtained a search and seizure warrant for his Ocean Pines residence, his vehicle and his person. However, before the search and seizure warrant was executed, around 9:30 a.m. last Thursday, Ocean City Police Detective Jeff Smith was conducting surveillance on Kaczynski and observed the suspect driving a gray pick-up truck in an erratic and dangerous manner.

According to Smith’s report, he observed Kaczynski drive through two steady red traffic signals while speeding and observed him pass a vehicle on the right shoulder of the roadway.

“He was driving in such a manner that I had a hard time keeping him in sight,” said Smith in his report. “I eventually lost sight of Kaczynski because of his aggressive driving and the fact that I was operating a covert vehicle and could not safely keep him in sight.”

Around 6:30 p.m. the same day, Ocean City police detectives located Kaczynski, reportedly on foot, in the area of 100th Street and Coastal Highway and detained him pursuant to the search warrant. Around 7 p.m. last Thursday, Ocean City police detectives, with assistance from the Criminal Investigation Division, the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office and Ocean Pines Police, executed the search and seizure warrant on Kaczynski’s Ocean Pines residence and found no one there.

The search turned up a metal smoking device with vegetable matter flakes and a substance believed to be PCP, along with a Natural Light Ice beer can fashioned into a smoking device with suspected marijuana residue on it. The pipe was located in an office area of the residence on a desk with a piece of mail addressed to Kaczynski, while the beer can fashioned as smoking device was found in a rear bedroom the suspect told police was his.

Kaczynski was then arrested again and charged with possession of PCP and possession of marijuana. A preliminary hearing on the latest set of charges has been set for March 21. Somewhat inexplicably, Kaczynski was released again on Tuesday after posting a $25,000 bond.

Meanwhile, Ava continues to show small signs of improvement, and although she is not out of the woods by any stretch, there is reason for optimism, according to family members. On Dec. 22, Ava had stabilized somewhat and on Christmas Eve, she showed signs of improvement and moved her hands and feet for the first time.

On Christmas Day, Ava’s progress continued somewhat as she continued to twitch her hands and feet. Also on Christmas Day, there was a little setback when it was determined her left arm was dislocated and might be fractured. On Monday, Ava opened her eyes for the first time, and on Tuesday, she had an MRI, the results of which were inconclusive.

“Her MRIs were not something we wanted to discuss, at least not the scientific part, but we are not a negative family,” Ava’s aunt Lisa DelRicco told The Dispatch yesterday. “We believe in God’s miracles. She is still here for a reason and she fights every day. I think she just needs more time to heal. She is in God’s hands and we have faith.”

Meanwhile, the outpouring of prayers and well-wishes continued for Ava and the DelRicco family this week. While the family has only asked for prayers and not donations, a benefit fund has been set up for Ava’s continued care and thousands of dollars continued to pour in this week. As of yesterday, the fund had accumulated in excess of $14,000.

For those interested in supporting the cause, PayPal donations can be made to DelRiccoBenefitFund@gmail.com. Donations are also being accepted by any PNC Bank to the Supporting Baby Ava account, or George DelRicco, c/o Ron DelRicco, at 8108 Croom Station Rd., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772.

In addition, a “Candles, Bows and Prayers” service has been set up for next Saturday, Jan. 7, on 142nd Street and Coastal Highway at 7 p.m.

26 thoughts on “OP Man Jailed Again Less Than Week After Accident

  1. If this pathetic excuse for a human hurts another person with his reckless behavior: the person who set his bail so low for the second offense should also be held responsible. Obviously he had no problem with the 100,00 bond, no problem obtaining a second vehicle, seems like he bought more drugs. He shouldn’t have be given the luxury of another bond. At the very least the second bond should have been much higher than the first. Breaks my heart that baby Ava fights for her life everyday and this piece of crap is allowed to pay a little money and go about his drug addicted existence (and endangering the lives of all of us!)

  2. I believe our system as a whole needs improvement, and our elected officials should be held accountable for the injustice. We as citizens should notify our local papers, local news and speak up for the DelRicco family. I wont spend much time thinking about this man or whatever he is, as I believe baby Ava and here family need our prayers. Everyone should make a short call to our government officials and let them know this is wrong!!

  3. I just don’t understand how this guy can still be allowed to drive. Obviously he is an addict & admits to his daily habit but he continues to endanger the lives of anyone on the road when he is. He needs serious help & not be allowed to drive. Its just a matter of time before he hurts someone else again, the DelRicco’s are suffering terribly due to this man, Baby Ava & her family should’ve been at home celebrating Christmas not in the hospital clinging to life & suffering.

  4. If this guy according to his arrest record indicates he has access to large sums of cash. Perhaps the OCPD ought to conduct wiretaps of his cellphone and land-line that would suggest he is a leading distributor of illicit drugs on the peninsula. An obvious menace, perhaps OCPD is looking thee other way instead of holding him as he is either a DEA informant or related to somebody politically.

  5. why would they not use the money he used to get out of jail to pay for the little girl? they let this piece of shit walk while the girl is laid up in the hospital. doesnt make sense to me

  6. I pray Ava will live and not have any lingering problems related to this horrific accident. This person obviously is incapable of any remorse whatsoever and will kill/maim again if he is able to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Hopefully the police will keep watching and arresting him until he is NOT able to post bail and get out!

  7. I thought there was no bond! What are they going to do wait until he kills someone. This angers me because, about 30+ years a high school student from Dulaney High, Timonium, Md was hit and killed by a drunk driver. When his record was posted it was very extensive~and he still had a license. They need to get these people off the roads ~not put them back on. So where is the justice for Ava?

  8. How many times are you allowed to post bond for admitting to using drugs, cause an accident that leaves someone fighting for their life, then get picked up again within a matter of days and released after posting bond for the second time? Why is he still able to drive? I know the authorities must follow rules, but isn’t it time to re-evaluate the systems rules? Unbelievable!

  9. Just another example of the backwoods government in Worchester county. Wake up people. You need to vote and replace ALL of these good old boys.

  10. Unfortunately the police do not get to decide the bond amount or if he gets bond at all. That is up to the Court Commissioners and the Judges who do the bail review.

  11. Why is this sorry excuse for a human being allowed back on the streets? He should be under house arrest at the home of the last person that let him loose!!

  12. duh, right or wrong, he has NOT been convicted in a court of law for ANYTHING. That is why a “speedy trial” should be within 24 hours for cases such as these.

  13. I understand every ones anger and discust for Andre. I know him very well.I was shocked and angered but mostly tormented for that lovely little child.I live in Faifax,Va and as we speak we are starting a seperate fund to raise money directly for Ava’s future. As far as Andre is concerned,I have not seen him but once in the last year,and it was 4 weeks ago.The Andre I know is a giving person and cares about people.Before my parents passed away he would do things like spend a day replacing gutters on my Dad’s house as a surprise and refused to take payment.This just one example.UNFORTUNATELY drugs and alchohol can take a normally decent person and turn them into a weapon.That means everyone ! And those of you that took your mind off of your driving to call or text someone could have looked up and hit a pedestrian. This in NO WAY condones what Andre did,and if he did in fact go out and drive again high,good riddence.But “Judge not…”One question, what pin head cop watched him run 2 or more red lights and did not pull him over? Hard to believe, if it is true. He should also be under investigation.I am praying for Ava to have a full recovery and long happy life.

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