Providence Police investigate if police cruiser was involved in moped crash
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE): A 24-year-old is fighting for his life as police investigate whether an officer is responsible for hitting the driver of a moped on Sunday night.
“A major component of our investigation is if police hit the moped,” Chief Col. Hugh Clements said.
Family identified the driver of the moped as Jhamal Gonsalves, who is in the hospital in a coma.
Providence Police say the officer, Kyle Endres, who has been with the police department for 6 years, has been placed on administrative duty until the investigation is completed.
Video shared by a witness shows the officer following Gonsalves on Elmwood Avenue, both then make a sharp turn on Bissell Street and a loud crash is heard.
The witness who took the video told ABC6 she and her husband saw the officer hit the moped and a stop sign.
However, Col. Clements said an investigation into the cause could take up to two weeks. Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General’s office are now involved in the investigation.
According to police, they received over 25 calls reporting large groups of up to 300 ATVs, dirt bikes, scooters, and other vehicles riding through the city.
“These vehicles operate in a completely unsafe manner,” Col. Clements said. “Reckless, maneuvering into oncoming traffic.”
However, in this case, police say the moped Gonsalves was driving was legal, but it didn’t have plates or registration which is why police say it shouldn’t have been on the streets.
When it comes to the officer following Gonsalves, Steven Pare, Commissioner of Public Safety, said high-speed pursuits are frowned upon but allowed.
“Our policy allows pursuits under real strict conditions,” Commissioner Pare said.
Mayor Jorge Elorza said they are fully committed to making sure they have a transparent and complete investigation.