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Family speaks out about man involved in Highway 58 closure

Video Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield - Duration: 02:17s - Published
Family speaks out about man involved in Highway 58 closure
Family speaks out about man involved in Highway 58 closure
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OFFICIALS SAY A 37-YEAR-OLDBAKERSFIELD MAN WAS WALKING INTRAFFIC,THEN BECAME COMBATIVE WITHOFFICERS WHEN THEYAPPROACHED HIM.

BPD SAYS THE MANTHEN STOPPEDBREATHING WHILE IN CUSTODY WITHCALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL.23ABC'S AUSTIN WESTFALL SPOKEWITH FAMILY OF THE MAN TODAY,AND HE JOINS US IN STUDIO.AUSTIN?THE FAMILY OF THE MAN SAYS HE ISSTILL CLINGING TO LIFE AT KERNMEDICAL TONIGHT -- THEY ALSO SAYTHEY'RE CONFUSED ANDANGRY ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED."HE'S A FAMILY MAN.

HE'S APRODUCTIVEPERSON IN SOCIETY.

HE HAS A LOTOF FAMILY.

AS YOU CAN SEE BEHINDME, HEHAS A LOT OF FAMILY HERE.

WEJUST WANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOMOF IT ANDFIGURE OUT WHAT HAPPENED."DOLORES HERRERA IS THE MOTHER INLAW OF 37-YEAR-OLDBAKERSFIELD RESIDENT JASONGONZALEZ.

SHE SAYS HE'S THE MANTHAT WAS DETAINED BY THECALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL AFTERWALKING THROUGH TRAFFIC ONHIGHWAY 58 FRIDAY MORNING.POLICE HAVEN'T CONFIRMED THE MANIS GONZALEZ, BUT THEY SAY THEMAN THEY DETAINED PUT UP A FIGHTWITH OFFICERS."THE SUBJECT RESISTED ANDFOUGHT WITH OFFICERS, HE WASTAKEN INTO CUSTODY, A SHORT TIMEAFTER HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODYHE STOPPED BREATHING.

THEYIMMIDIATELY CALLEDFOR MEDICAL AID TO COME OUT ANDTREAT HIM.

HE WAS TRANSPORTED TOTHE HOSPITAL WHERE HE IS NOWLISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION."GONZALE'Z FAMILY SAYS THEY DONOT KNOW WHY HE WAS WALKINGON THE FREEWAY, BUT THEY SAYTHEY KNOW ONE THING, THAT HEWASN'T TYPICALLY THE TYPE TOFIGHT."HE'S NOT VIOLENT, WE JUST DON'TUNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS.

WE WANTTO KNOW, IF ANYONE IS OUT THEREWITH ANY KIND OF INFORMATION, AVIDEO, A WITNESS, TO PLEASECONTACT US AND LET US KNOWWHAT'S GOING ON BECAUSE WE'RE INTHE DARK ABOUT ALL THIS."ALTHOUGH CHP WAS THE AGENCYINVOLVED IN THE ALTERCATIONWITH GONZALEZ, THE BAKERSFIELDPOLICE DEPARTMENT ISHEADING THE INVESTIGATION.

BPDSAYS IT IS UNKNOWN IFGONZALEZ STOPPED BREATHING AS ARESULT OF THE ALTERCATION, OR APREVIOUS INJURY OR MEDICALCONDITION.

HERRERA SAYS SHE'SNOT OPTIMISTIC ABOUTGONZALEZ'S CONDITION."I FEEL LIKE I'M IN A NIGHTMARE,ITDOESNT FEEL REAL.

DOESN'T FEELREAL AT ALL.

I DONT EVEN KNOW, ICAN'T EXPLAIN IT IN WORDS.

IT'SHORRIBLE.

IT'S A HORRIBLEFEELING, KNOWING YOUR LOVED ONEIS IN THE HOSPITAL DYING...."ANYONE WITH INFORMATIONREGARDING THE CASE ISENCOURAGED TO CALL THEBAKERSFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT AT(661) 327-7111.

IN THE STUDIO,AUSTIN WESTFALL23 ABC CONNECTING YOU.A BREAK IN A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD COL




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