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One Dead Following Drunk Driving Collision – MCGRATH Arrested

(TOWN OF ERIN, ON) – The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged an individual in relation to a fatal motor vehicle collision investigation.  

On July 23, 2023 shortly after 6:15 p.m., the Wellington County OPP responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a pickup truck and a hatchback on Wellington Road 22, near Trafalgar Road. The driver of the pickup truck, a 31 year old of the Town of Erin was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced deceased. The driver of the hatchback was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The driver of the hatchback, Nicholas MCGRATH, 25 years old of Hillsburgh has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

·        Dangerous Operation Causing Death

·        Impaired Operation Causing Death

·        B.A.C Over 80 Causing Death

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Guelph on August 11, 2023. 

The Wellington County OPP is continuing to investigate with the assistance of the OPP West Region Traffic Incident Management and Enforcement (TIME) team. Wellington Road 22 was closed between Sixth Line and Wellington Road 24 (Trafalgar Road) for several hours for the investigation.

Anyone who may have observed these vehicles prior to the collision, who observed the collision or who may have dashcam footage of the collision is asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. 

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