• Sep 10, 2009
Former Ontario, Canada Attorney General Michael Bryant made a name for himself as a tough-nosed lawmaker that took a hard line against street racing. Among Bryant's hard stance anti-racer policies was a law that gave the police the right to crush any car that was modified for racing – even if the vehicle had no complaints against it. If a report from The New York Times is true, Mr. Bryant could ironically spend the rest of his life behind bars for a brutal hit-and-run accident involving a bicyclist.
The incident reportedly began as a minor event and quickly escalated. Bryant allegedly brushed the bicyclist while he was driving, who then held on to the driver's side door of his black Saab convertible. Witnesses told a local Canadian television station that Bryant was heard swearing and swerving in an apparent attempt to shake the biker from his door. Bystanders told police that Bryant was driving on the sidewalk near lamp posts at a high rate of speed, in an apparent attempt to knock the biker off.

The incident ended with the bicyclist, Darcy Allen Sheppard, striking a mailbox. Sheppard later died due to injuries sustained from the accident. According to the NYT, Bryant went to a nearby hotel after the incident where he was later arrested for what appears to be a most heinous hit-and-run incident. It looks like Bryant was right when he said that cars could be as dangerous as explosives...

[Source: The New York Times | Image: Wikipedia via cc 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Unbelievable!! How can anyone trust anyone anymore? Only thieves and hypocrits....
      Harry Hand
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe he will get the Canadian bacon in prison.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys should wait to hear all the facts before condemning the guy. Or did your eagerness to rip a law enforcement official(former, at least) get in the way?

      The way I see it if you reach in a car and hold onto something or someone while on a bike, you weren't exactly an "innocent victim".

      But why not wait till we find out what really happened?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope they crush his car..........with him in it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just copied and pasted from local on-line news service. did not see it before for my previous post.

      KC.


      Fri Sep. 11 2009 7:03:01 AM

      Funeral services to be held for Toronto cyclist killed in high-profile case
      The Canadian Press


      A picture of the late Toronto courier cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard is seen in the spokes of a bicycle outside the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto on Monday September 7, 2009. The father of a cyclist killed during an altercation on the streets of Toronto joined aboriginal leaders in smoking a peace pipe during a traditional ceremony to commemorate his son. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit)


      Former Ontario attorney general sits in the back seat of a police cruiser after allegedly being involved in an incident near Bloor and Avenue Road in downtown Toronto, late Monday, Aug. 31, 2009.


      EDMONTON — Funeral services are being held in Edmonton today for the Toronto cyclist killed in a case that has resulted in charges against a former Ontario cabinet minister.

      A memorial service was held in Toronto for Darcy Allan Sheppard on Monday.

      Police say Sheppard died last month after he was seen hanging onto the side of a car, following an altercation with the driver.

      Former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant was charged this month with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death in connection with the case.

      Bryant says he is innocent of the charges.

      He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 19.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe there's a law to crush modded cars without reason. Obviously, he has some personal gripe against them. Hopefully now all of his opinions concerning cars and what you can blame them for are discredited as just some personal vendetta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The problem is, the law is already on the books and he retired from politics before he decided to use his car in the commission of murder. The problem with laws is once they are on the books they are virtually imposable to get off the books no matter how terrible.
      tbach
      • 5 Years Ago
      Chris Shunk, the writer for this aol story is a total douche. Shame on you for only telling part of the story. "Freelance writer" = UNEMPLOYED. Douchebag.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they give that SOB the chair.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anyone on a bicycle who latches onto a car should know that they are VERY apt to die. Doubly so when it's done out of aggression. I'm very willing to believe that the there's a lot more to the story than Autoblog's summary of New York Time's summary.

        It's just not normal behavior to attack someone like that, and it IS normal behavior to try to injure someone when there's threat of harm. The man on the bike could have easily let go. If he had done so, nobody would have panicked, and nobody would have died.

        (And yes, I am a cyclist, and I do ride my bike to work. I also firmly believe that Mass Effect only exists to antagonize, making the situation worse.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont know, around here most of the bicyclists are idiots who ride their bikes down the middle of the street in the path of cars, then bitch when they get hit when they're riding down the middle of a 30mph street, dont pay attention, dont signal or otherwise indicate intent and suddenly come swerving over into the middle of a traffic lane and end up getting hit by someone who likely couldnt have stopped their car in time :/

        Then the person who hit them is -instantly- guilty because its a bicycle vs a car, You frankly have little chance to survive
        • 5 Years Ago
        And for the record, the "leaving the scene of an accident" you all claim for was driving an additional 10 Meters down the road, making a right turn and an immediate left into a hotel parking lot to call police.

        Hmmm... Maybe that's why he hasn't been charged with leaving the scene. Except by The Autoblog DA that is.

        The official charge is criminal negligence causing death.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We're all just quoting different news outlets to make our points, but until what really happened becomes more clear from investigations, it'd be best to wait. Reporters aren't judges.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @commander: you forgot to mention that plenty of news source also quoted police claiming the courier was not drunk, and Bryant, rather, may have had a drink or two (of course, it's been hours until police got to him).
        Has it occurred to you that the courier may have been frozen by fear, and it'd have been easier for Bryant to hit the brakes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Try reading some of the local articles about the incident. The NYT article did tell the full story. I am even more disappointed at how little Autoblog did to investigate before posting this misinformed post.

        I would be outraged if this is all I knew about the incident as well. It doesn't mention he went to the safety of the hotel parking lot and called 911. It didn't mention the courier was drunk in the back of squad car hours earlier after a domestic disturbance call. It didn't mention that the courier slammed his bag on the hood of the car before grabbing on to the mirror/and or driver/steering wheel. It didn't mention that the courier had the option to let go.

        None of the local media have mentioned that last year or the year before a driver in Toronto was stabbed repeatedly in the face and throat after a "minor event" with a courier.

        @Silly Pickle - he was out of politics when this happened and wouldn't be making any laws anyway.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We don't have the chair in Canada. He's a politician...he'll get a 2 week suspension and be back in The House before Christmas. Making more dumb laws.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Rocketboy

        Don't you mean "Critical Mass", not Mass Effect (good game, btw)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doh! I fully support Mass Effect, but not Critical Mass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I gues hypocrisy in politicians has gone multinational along with everything else. I thought this magnitude of false character was unique to the US. Somehow, no longer being alone in that regard doesn't make me feel any better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As with so many road rage incidents like this, everybody has to be a Big Man, puff out their chest and show you what for. Too bad we can't go back and ask the bicyclist "Was it worth it?" Hard to sympathize with any moron who willfully latches on to a moving vehicle and then has something bad happen to him when he just as easily could have let it all go and move on with life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        commander:

        So its ok if the person had a bad night before they got killed in a hit and run? leaving the scene of a crime doesnt make it ok if he called 911 later on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who said Canada never did great things !
      When our politicians screw up, they screw up REAL BAAAD, not over some sex scandal or fiscal fraud...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think you should have mentioned that stunt driving law to brought in with OPP Chief Julian Fantino. Basically, you get an automatic conviction of stunt driving if you get caught 50+km/h over. And roadside seizure for a week. And a week-long license suspension.

      A judge has ruled that this law violates Section 7 of the Charter so hopefully it gets scraped soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So why is the driver at fault. I could understand if the car driver had grabbed the bicyclist's wrist and held him, but didn't the biker grabbed the car handle and held on. It sounds like the biker is at fault.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame shame everybody knows your name,.........dumb CRACKER!
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