Nightmare on Bloor Street

New details emerge in deadly collision involving former attorney general

New details about what transpired two nights ago in Toronto when former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant collided in his convertible with bicyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard make the tragedy even stranger and more stunning. Police say that after their “minor collision” on Bloor St. West, Sheppard slammed his backpack onto the hood of Bryant’s black Saab. They argued, Bryant drove off, but not before Sheppard attached himself to the front driver’s side of the car. Bryant allegedly sped down the road in the wrong lane, causing Sheppard to hit a tree and mailbox before he fell off and was run over by the rear wheels. He died that night; Bryant’s been charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. Now, there are reports that Sheppard was drunk, and had a run-in with police less than an hour before the fatal accident. They were called to the apartment of his girlfriend after she refused to let him in. Another woman who lived there told police Sheppard was too intoxicated to bike home, but she says they insisted he leave. There are also reports that the woman who was in the car with Bryant was his wife, Susan Abramovitch. They had been out for dinner to celebrate their 12th anniversary. Police say Bryant hadn’t been drinking.

Toronto Star

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