PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Providence firefighter who was involved in a hit-and-run crash is still in the hospital, recovering from injuries as police seek a suspect in the crash.
Matthew Gallant’s condition has been upgraded from critical to serious, a spokesperson from Lifespan told Eyewitness News on Sunday.
An SUV struck 27-year-old Gallant’s pickup truck around 2 a.m. Saturday morning on the Smithfield Avenue overpass near Silver Spring Street in Providence.
According to the accident report released by Providence Police, the SUV was Gray Ford Explorer, rented from Budget Rental Car. The person who initially rented the car was not the driver.
The report describes the suspect as a 5’5″ male, last seen wearing a grey hoodie. Police say he exited the driver’s side door and fled by foot down the I-95 southbound ramp.
Paul Doughty, president of the Providence Firefighters Union, said Gallant was rushed into surgery after rescue crews–including his own colleagues–pulled him from his truck.
“It was one of the most difficult extrications they’ve seen. They had to use the Jaws of Life and it took almost 30 minutes to remove him from the pickup truck,” he said.
According to Doughty, Gallant has internal injuries, broken bones and will likely need multiple additional surgeries.
Police have a warrant out for the arrest of the driver.