Crash review awaits reports

County Attorney Marguerite Wageling is still waiting for two state police reports before completing her review of a case in which a Nashua police officer’s cruiser struck and seriously injured another driver this summer.

A local chef, Brian “Bubba” Hoffman, was badly hurt Aug. 22 when a cruiser driven by Officer Ty Kucharksi broadsided Hoffman’s Blazer at the Exit 6 off-ramp on the F.E. Everett Turnpike. Hoffman had a green light but apparently didn’t see Kucharski coming, though police say the officer was heading to an emergency with lights and sirens on.

Wageling has been waiting for two pieces of information, she said – one from state police headquarters in Concord, and the other from the Troop B barracks in Milford. State police investigated the crash to avoid any conflict of interest.

“It’s my understanding that the follow-up information that I’ve requested has been compiled and there’s a report coming from headquarters,” Wageling said Tuesday. “It has to go through the chain of command, which happens with all state police cases.”

Wageling said she’d been contacted by police in voicemails Monday, and was assured she would get one report Tuesday. She was hoping the other would arrive in the next few days.

Once she has all the documents, Wageling said she would review them and make a decision about pursuing prosecution. She did not know how long it would take to move forward.

“My intent is to work diligently on it, but I never know what’s going to happen tomorrow or in the next second,” Wageling said. “It is on my front burner, and I intend to work on it and get my review done as quickly as possible.”