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‘Excessive speed’ believed to be factor in Woodlawn crash

Taken to hospital via helicopter, Kitchener man recovering after collision with utility pole
One person was airlifted to hospital following a three-car crash on Woodlawn Road West late Wednesday morning.

Police believe “excessive speed” may have been a factor in the Wednesday morning collision that saw a busy north end road closed for more than 12 hours and two drivers taken to hospital.

A 24-year-old Kitchener man was taken via air ambulance to a trauma centre in serious condition following the Woodlawn Road incident, near the intersection of Woolwich Street, at about 11:20 a.m.

According to police, a silver Honda was eastbound on Woodlawn when it clipped another car, left the road and struck a wooden utility pole. The force of the impact broke the pole. 

It also caused the Honda to go back on the road, where it hit a passing pickup truck.

The Honda driver, who was confirmed to be the car’s owner, subsequently underwent surgery for a serious leg injury.

“Several driving complaints involving the silver Honda were received prior to the collision,” states a police news release. “Excessive speed is believed to be a factor.”

The driver of the other car was taken to hospital with a minor leg injury.

Police wrapped up its on-scene investigation at about 8 p.m., however the road remained closed for several more hours as crews worked to replace the pole.

Power was cut off to several local businesses as a result of the crash.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Honda before the collision, and who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call Const. Tim Paneghel at 519-824-1212 ext. 7529 or email. [email protected]

Details can also be left anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at