25-year-old Kitchener resident identified as victim of fatal crash south of Elora

CITY CENTER WELLINGTON – At around 9:50 p.m. on August 1, 2021, the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with the Center Wellington Fire Department and the Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service, responded to a serious collision between two motor vehicles on Wellington Road 21 near the eighth line of Center Wellington Township.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a coupe was traveling west on Wellington Road 21 when it collided with a sport utility vehicle (SUV) traveling east. Brian Araujio, 25 years old from Kitchener, was a passenger in the coupe and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other occupants of the same vehicle were seriously injured and taken to an accident hospital. Both drivers were rushed to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Ricardo Francisco Cruz Abrego, 24 years old from Kitchener, has been charged:

  • Dangerous operation resulting in death,
  • Dangerous act with bodily harm x2 contrary to the criminal code and
  • Go under a lock against the Highway Traffic Act.

The defendant is due to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice on August 31, 2021 to answer the charges.

Wellington County OPP and OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) are continuing to investigate the collision.

Wellington County’s OPP has asked anyone who may have seen this collision to call 1-888-310-1122.


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