Canadian Reporter Seriously Injured After Being Hit by Car

By Kevin Eck 

CTV Kitchener reporter Stephanie Villella was seriously injured while covering a car crash near Guelph, Ontario on Wednesday.

Villella was hit by a car while shooting footage for a story about a two car crash that happened earlier that day. The road where she was hit had been closed off and Villella was standing near the barricades when she was hit.

As of Thursday, Villella remained in the hospital with injuries described as serious and potentially life-threatening.


There is no word yet on possible charges to the driver.

“In an investigation like this, sometimes we take a little bit of a moment at the onset to really determine what injuries – in this case what the extent of the injuries are to Stephanie – which could also play a part in what charges could be laid,” said Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Const. Josh Cunningham.

The stretch of road where the crash happened was closed into the evening on Wednesday.

“We had reconstructionists attend the scene, their investigation is quite thorough and takes a bit more time,” Cunningham said. “We did have witnesses at scene, their information is going to be corroborated with the reconstructionists’ information.”

Villella has worked at the station since 2017.