Jhamal Gonsalves remains in a coma, family says he’s doing better as they still wait for answers from Providence Police

In a media briefing on Oct. 26, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said a status update on the investigation would be provided within a week.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – Jhamal Gonsalves, 24, remains in a coma as of Monday at Rhode Island Hospital but he’s “doing better,” according to his family’s lawyer.

Jude Kerrison, the family’s lawyer, says the family has not been able to visit Gonsalves because of recent visitation restrictions at Rhode Island Hospital.

However, Kerrison says the 24-year-old is no longer on antibiotics for lung infections, and doctors have removed drains in his head that were used to relieve pressure from the traumatic brain injury he suffered in the moped crash that involved a Providence Police cruiser. 

In October, Providence Police officers were following hundreds of illegal dirtbikes and ATV’s throughout the city. A reoccurring issue the city has dealt with for years.

One of those vehicles that was traveling in the pack of illegal dirt bikes and ATV’s, was a moped driven by Gonsalves.

Witnesses claim an officer hit him with his cruiser, but police say there is no evidence showing the impact itself.

Kerrison says the family is still “eagerly awaiting” for any information regarding the investigation into the actions of the officers on Oct. 18.

In a media briefing on Oct. 26, Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare, said a status update on the investigation would be provided within a week.

As of  Nov. 10, the Providence Police Department has yet to update the media on the status of the crash investigation.

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