NBC 10 WJAR has reported that a Newport man is currently in a coma at Rhode Island Hospital after being attacked on Bliss Road on Friday night.

According to a GoFundMe Page set up by his sister-in-law, Kyle Kettner of Newport was “attacked walking with a friend in Newport,RI. He sustained severe head trauma. He has swelling and bleeding on the brain. He has been put into a medical induced coma to prevent him from waking up and pulling out all the tubes he’s hooked up to. Kyle has no insurance to rely on once he wakes up. Kyle also has his little boy Jack he needs to worry about once he wakes up and gets better. Any donations will appreciated.”

The fundraising page has raised $1,337 with a goal of $50,000 to help the 28 year old.

The latest update on GoFundMe update on Monday, January 18th around 8pm;

“Update: Sara and Casey are back by his side he’s doing better today 90% breathing with machine 10% taking breaths on his own neruo exams are getting better they are talking about “HOPING” to have him off breathing tube with in a few days but that depends on how his breathing stays but he looks a lot better today”

The Newport Police Department is treating this as an ongoing investigation, no further details were available at this time.

UPDATE: January 19th – Press Release from the Newport Police Department

Newport Police are investigating an assault that took place at 0138, Saturday morning on Bliss Road near Wilbur Avenue. As a result of the assault a 28 year old Newport man sustained serious head injuries and remains hospitalized.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Lt. David Steuer at 845-5760 at the Newport Police Department Detective Division.


This story will be updated as more information is made public and received.

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