Milford police officer David Villani had just started his shift around 8 a.m. and was driving his cruiser down Rte. 140 when he collided with a car that had cut out from Green Street.
Villani and the woman driving the other car, a 2000 Honda Accord, were transported to Milford Regional Medical Center following the crash with non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. James Falvey.
“He had cuts and bruises to his face and head,” Falvey said of the over 20-year veteran of the department. “When I got to the scene, his face was covered in blood.”
As of midday on Wednesday, Falvey said Villani had already been released from the hospital after being treated for head and neck injuries. The other driver was also treated and released.
Falvey said the female driver, 25-year-old Weijla Tang of Hopedale, was ruled at fault in the accident and admitted to running the stop sign on Green Street.
“She said she is not from the area and claimed not to see the stop sign,” Falvey said.
The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Reconstruction Team was called in to investigate the accident, and Falvey said any charges are pending until the investigation is completed. The driver is expected to be cited, according to police.
The cruiser sustained extensive damage and has been deemed a total loss. A license plate reader attached to the cruiser, a mobile data unit and other electronic equipment were also damaged in the accident. The cost of the damage could exceed $55,000, according to police.