Further Charges Laid on Driver In Fatal Collision Near Elora - And Other Stories

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 Fatal Collision Near Elora - Further Charges Laid on Driver

(TOWNSHIP OF CENTRE WELLINGTON, ON) - Upon further investigation and based on information received from the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid further charges against a driver involved in a fatal collision near Elora in August, 2021.

In addition to the original charges, Ricardo Francisco CRUZ ABREGO, 24-years-old of Kitchener, has been charged with Operation (while impaired by alcohol and/or drug) Causing Death and two counts of Operation (while impaired by alcohol and/or drug) cause Bodily Harm contrary to the Criminal Code. A 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice - Guelph on October 10, 2021, to answer to the charges.

On August 1, 2021, Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision where a coupe collided with a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) on Wellington Road 21, Pilkington. As a result of the collision, a passenger in the coupe was pronounced dead at scene and two other passengers sustained life altering injuries.

 Police seek driver who struck pedestrian

The Guelph Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a driver who struck a pedestrian Tuesday afternoon and fled.

Approximately 4 p.m., a 30-year-old male was crossing Gordon Street near Dormie Lane when he was struck. The vehicle left the scene and was last seen northbound on Gordon Street. The pedestrian was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

The car is described as a white hatchback, possibly with minor damage to the hood area as a result of the collision. The driver was described as a white female with blonde hair who was wearing glasses and a pink t-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Michael Braga of the Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit at 519-824-1212, ext. 7144, email him at mbraga@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Male arrested for trafficking fentanyl

A male who was being sought by police following a trafficking investigation last fall has been arrested.

In October, 2020, the Guelph Police Service Drug Enforcement Unit began an investigation into the trafficking of controlled substances throughout the city. During the investigation, undercover officers purchased fentanyl and cocaine from two parties.

On December 3, 2020, a search warrant was executed at an address on Silvercreek Parkway North. Officers seized a quantity of fentanyl and evidence of trafficking including a functioning digital scale and empty packaging.

A 43-year-old Guelph female was arrested at that time, however a male who had completed one of the transactions with an undercover officer was not located and a warrant was taken out for his arrest.

On Tuesday morning, police responded to check the wellbeing of a male sitting behind a business on Stone Road West. Investigation revealed the male was wanted on the outstanding warrant.

A 24-year-old Guelph male is charged with two counts of possessing controlled substances for the purpose of trafficking and breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing Wednesday.

Teenager has minor injuries after collision

A teenage male was taken to hospital with minor injuries after he was struck by a pickup truck Tuesday morning.

The 14-year-old was crossing College Avenue West near Janefield Avenue just after 9 a.m. when the collision occurred. He was transported to hospital by Guelph-Wellington Paramedics.

Anyone who witnessed the collision and has not spoken to police is asked to call Constable Stephen Gawlik at 519-824-1212, ext. 7509, or email him at sgawlik@guelphpolice.ca.

Arrest made in stolen vehicle investigation

A Cambridge male has been arrested in relation to a stolen car recovered in Guelph in April.

On April 12, 2021, just before 5 p.m., a resident called police about two people pushing a car out of a parking lot on Hadati Road. Officers located the car a short time later, but the two people inside fled on foot. A 23-year-old female was arrested following a brief foot pursuit but the male was not located.

Further investigation allowed the male to be identified and a warrant was taken out for his arrest. On Tuesday, Guelph Police learned the male was in custody on unrelated matters and he was returned to Guelph.

A 25-year-old Cambridge male is charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000 and breach of probation. He will appear in a Guelph court October 6, 2021.

 FATAL COLLISION INVOLVING PICK-UP TRUCK AND PEDESTRIAN

(TOWNSHIP OF GUELPH-ERAMOSA, ON) - On September 26, 2021, at approximately 1:00 a.m. the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Wellington County Detachment, responded along with the City of Guelph Fire Department and Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Services to a fatal motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian and a pick-up truck.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pick-up truck was travelling westbound on Wellington Road 124 towards Cambridge when it collided with a pedestrian near the railway crossing just west of Wellington Road 32. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

 

Investigators are asking for the public's assistance with identifying the victim who is described as:

 

·      Asian male approximately 45-55 years old

·      Straight, short, black and grey hair

·      Approximately 170 lbs

·      Wearing black track pants, navy blue wind breaker, white golf shirt, glasses, tan leather shoes and a black Puma ball cap

The cause of the collision is currently being investigated by Wellington County OPP and OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI). Wellington Road 124 remains closed between Wellington Road 32 and Guelph Township Road 1.

The Wellington County OPP is asking anyone that may have witnessed this collision to please call 1-888-310-1122.

IMPAIRED OPERATOR INVOLVED IN COLLISION

(TOWN OF ERIN, ON) - On September 18, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m. Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a single vehicle collision on Fifth Line, Erin. Initial reports indicated that a driver had entered the ditch and struck a mail box and hydro pole.

While speaking with the driver, officers formed the opinion that the driver had been consuming alcohol. A Roadside Screening Test was conducted and the driver registered a fail. They were arrested and brought to a local OPP operations centre for further testing.

As a result of the investigation, Richard Eshwar CHAND, 32-years-old of Berkeley has been charged with Impaired Operation - 80 Plus (mgs of alcohol in 100mL of blood). A 90-day Administrative Driver's Licence Suspension (A.D.L.S.) and 7-day Vehicle Impoundment was initiated as per statute. The accused is scheduled to appear in the Ontario court of justice - Guelph on October 12, 2021.

If you suspect someone is driving while their ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs or alcohol, please call 911 immediately.

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