Friend of injured firefighter speaks out

Lee Carrazana held without bail

By News Staff

Reporting by Ana Bottary

27-year-old Providence Firefighter, Matthew Gallant, was seriously injured when his pick-up truck was struck head-on by another vehicle that fled the scene, early Sunday morning.

Zack Kenyon, Gallant’s rescue partner at the Providence Fire Department, spoke with ABC6 about his friend.

"He’s got a long road. He has quite a few broken bones and a he’s going to have quite a few more surgeries before he’s good," says Kenyon.

Since the horrific hit-and-run accident, Kenyon has gone to visit Gallant multiple times–the friend he’s worked with side-by-side for the past year and a half.

"With the new work schedule the mayor’s put us on, I see Matt more than I see my wife and kids," Kenyon says.

"It’s hard to see somebody like that. It’s like seeing a family member, someone you care about and love, and it’s the worst situation," Kenyon explains, about seeing his partner in such rough shape.

33-year-old Lee Carrazana, the man facing charges in the hit-and-run, appeared in court Tuesday morning after turning himself into police on Monday. He was held without bail.

Carrazana spent the first 48 hours after the crash avoiding police. In court, it was stated that he went to get medical treatment on his own at Miriam Hospital on the night of the crash, and fled before authorities arrived.

Now that the suspect is in custody, Kenyon is focusing on his friend and letting the legal system do its job.

"Whatever happens, happens. Let it run its course, legally. But it will never justify what he has done to someone’s life, and the lives he’s changed through a brief action," says Kenyon.

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