Father of victim in moped crash frustrated with investigation process
"It's going too slow. They're telling us what they want, when they want it," said Gonsalves.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A frustrated father outside the Attorney General’s Office Friday afternoon, as Mark Gonsalves, the father of the victim in a moped crash involving a Providence police cruiser, pleaded with officials to speed up the process in finding out what happened to his son.
“It’s going too slow. They’re telling us what they want, when they want it,” said Gonsalves.
Gonsalves said he feels those involved with the investigation are telling his family things little by little strategically.
It’s been almost a month since his 24-year-old son Jhamal Gonsalves was in that accident and he remains in a coma.
“I want some answers. I want something done. I want this cop sitting at home with no check, with no gun and badge,” said Gonsalves.
The officer behind the wheel of the cruiser, Kyle Endres, has been on administrative duty.
Officials had originally said the state police would take a week or so to reconstruct the accident, but Gonsalves says he hasn’t heard a word about it and is still upset about what happened in the aftermath of the crash.
“It’s a traffic citation! Then they come over and drag my son’s arm,” said Gonsalves. “A cop pulls out Narcan, doesn’t even know how to use it!”
A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office told ABC 6 they still haven’t determined if the officer should be criminally charged and are reviewing video, interviews, and vehicle crash data to make that determination as quickly as possible.
Gonsalves says it’s not quick enough.
“There’s a lot of negligence! And every minute that goes by, not only the officers that were involved are being negligent, but the State of Rhode Island and the public elected officials are being negligent,” said Gonsalves.
We reached out to the state police for comment but did not hear back.
Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare simply said the investigation is ongoing and continues to be a priority.