Probe of city cruiser, SUV crash nearly finished


NASHUA - State police expect to wrap up their investigation this week of the Aug. 22 collision involving a Nashua police cruiser and a Chevrolet Blazer that seriously injured a local chef. State police will present their reports, findings and recommendations to Hillsborough County Attorney Marguerite Wageling by the end of this week, said one of the lead investigators, Sgt. Lawrence Bolduc. Wageling will decide what charges, if any, to bring against anyone as a result of the crash. Wageling said Wednesday that she will need to review the reports before making any decision, and she won't know how quickly she will be able to do so until she gets them. "I have every intention to review them as soon as I can," she said. Nashua police officer Ty Kucharski, 28, suffered minor injuries when his cruiser collided with a Chevrolet Blazer at the intersection of Broad Street and the F.E. Everett Turnpike Exit 6 off-ramp at 11:32 p.m. on Aug. 22, police previously reported. The Blazer's driver, Brian "Bubba" Hoffman, 39, of Nashua, a local chef, was severely injured and hospitalized for a time at Massachusetts General Hospital. Police reported several days after the wreck that Hoffman's condition had been upgraded from critical to stable, but they've heard no news since, Bolduc said. State police have not been able to get a statement from Hoffman, Bolduc said. A local lawyer has contacted police, claiming to represent Hoffman's family, Bolduc said. The lawyer did not return a call from The Telegraph, however. Police reported that Kucharski was heading east on Broad Street with his lights and siren going, when his cruiser ran broadside into Hoffman's Blazer, which was turning left onto Broad Street from the Exit 6 off-ramp of the northbound F.E. Everett Turnpike. Hoffman had the green light and apparently didn't see Kucharski coming, police said. A motorcyclist, Stephen Bendel, 53, of Concord, Mass., was waiting to turn right onto Broad Street but stopped because he saw and heard the cruiser. Bendel and his 15-year-old son, a passenger, were injured when the Blazer collided with the motorcycle after being hit by the cruiser, Bolduc said previously. State law requires motorists to yield to emergency vehicles regardless of other traffic signals and also requires police, ambulance and fire truck drivers to take reasonable care when responding to emergencies. Nashua police have said that Kucharski was responding to an emergency at the time of the crash but have not released information on the call.
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