Chef badly injured in crash is improving


NASHUA - The medical condition of Brian "Bubba" Hoffman, the 39-year-old chef who was critically injured when a Nashua police cruiser broadsided his truck, is improving, state police said late Tuesday night. Hoffman's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, State Police Sgt. Dean E. Holston said in a press release. Nashua police officer Ty Kucharski, 28, suffered minor injuries when his cruiser collided with Hoffman's Chevrolet Blazer at the intersection of Broad Street and the F.E. Everett Turnpike's Exit 6 off-ramp at 11:32 p.m. Friday, state police reported. A motorcyclist and his passenger also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. State police will not release many details of its investigation, but on Monday, Sgt. Lawrence Bolduc said Kucharski was heading east on Broad Street with his lights and siren going, responding to an emergency call, when his cruiser ran broadside into Hoffman's Blazer. Hoffman had the green light and was turning left onto Broad Street from the off-ramp, Bolduc said. State police and Nashua police won't comment on what emergency call Kucharski was answering and won't discuss the vehicles' speed. Hoffman has been head chef at Valentino's Restaurant in Hudson since the eatery opened last year and previously worked at the Modern Restaurant in Nashua. Employees at Valentino's declined to talk about Hoffman, deferring to the family. Members of Hoffman's family said they do not wish to speak to the media at this time.
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