Framingham cop injured in crash November 24, 2011
Norman Miller 508-626-3823 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM -- A Framingham Police officer suffered bumps and bruises after losing control of his cruiser and crashing into a stone wall Tuesday night, police said.

Officer Val Krishtal was driving to Leigh Street in response to reports of gunshots when his cruiser spun out and crashed into a wall near 122 Edgell Road around 9:30, Deputy Police Chief Craig Davis said.

Krishtal was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham where he was treated for bumps and bruises and released.

"It appears the injuries were caused by his seat belt and the airbag," Davis said.

Krishtal has not returned to work and Davis said it's not known if he'll miss any time due to the crash.

Davis said the police cruiser appears to have been totaled and the crash is investigation.

He said other officers investigated the initial call and found no evidence that a gun had been fired.

This article states that Val Krishtal joined the Framingham police force in 1997, and has been in involved in 16 on-duty accidents, 9 of which he was at fault in the past 15 years, including a stop sign violation.

Most of the accidents Krishtal has been in have been minor, including one where he backed into a fire hydrant on Oct. 18, 2010, in a Worcester Road parking lot, or another at Framingham District Court on Dec. 23, 1997, when his car bumped a parked car as he maneuvered out of a snowpile. Krishtal was in two accidents last year, including the Nov. 22 incident.

Clearly, this officer would be a good crash test dummy and should be assigned a desk job or a walking job. Only in Framingham can a cop be such a bad driver and still be left free to be a menace to society. Val Krishtal is as good with a police cruiser as Paul Duncan is with a gun.

I wonder how Val Krishtal's driving compares to a typical alcoholic whose license hasn't been revoked. Our idiot police chief nevertheless continues to support this officer.


Val Krishtal vjk@framinghamma.gov 508-872-1212 ext. 4251

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The address 122 Edgell Road shows a straightaway.... no turns, no curves. One has to ask, what made him lose control on the slick road?. I speculate that he tried to avoid a car turning onto or off Edgell Road and was simply going too fast. The roads are the most dangerous just before it begins to rain because drivers think the road is still dry.

No checks on alcohol or drug usage, no check on cellphone usage... The officer Val Krishtal gets a free pass to destroy a cruiser and the taxpayers have to pay for his stupidity.

This accident occured as a rain shield was moving in. The cruiser is new enough that it most probably has an ( event data recorder or EDR ) on board to tell us what speed he was doing a moment before impact. This information is available thru the car's (On Board Diagnostics) OBD-II plug.

How long were the skid marks if he wasn't hydroplaning?

Skid Mark Calculator Without any analysis, it's clear to most people that he was driving way too fast and could have killed someone had the stone wall not taken him out.

The average cost of a new cruiser with all pertinent equipment is approximately $45,000.00.

Police log entries

                 21:23   SUSP NOISE: 71 LEIGH ST (CK OK) 950: PATRIARCA 
                         941: KRISHTAL 942: GIROTTI 948: BAKER 954: GREEN                           
        Police report: 1108038 Val Krishtal takes out a cruiser

        1108038  21:26   ACC M/V: 122 EDGELL RD (SEE REPORT) 941: KRISHTAL
                         948: BAKER 942: GIROTTI ACC, CRUISER 941 INTO POST.
                         FFD ENRT. SMITTYS   TOW. 
        

I tried to get the police report 1108038 at the records desk but the request was denied by the gatekeepers. I then requested it via the Board of Selectman and was once again rebuffed.

The police have had several months to investigate this accident.

In September, 2012, I finally get a copy of the police report.

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