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This is a cut from security camera footage showing the car driven by former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant ramming cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard, immediately prior to Sheppard's death from being dragged down the street, colliding with obstacles and being run over.
This footage appears to be the initial "minor accident" reported in the media. I estimate that Sheppard was pushed along the ground for over a car length.
This footage is from a single report on City News; however it was not presented in such a concise and condemning manner. I am concerned that this footage has been available from very early on, but has been obfuscated thru editing decisions. This has contributed to confusion and possibly unwarranted slander towards Mr. Sheppard, and unfairly protects Bryant from being depicted in a negative manner.
If the prosecution determines there is no reasonable prospect of conviction then the charge must be withdrawn, Peck told the judge Tuesday morning in a courtroom packed with reporters.
“This case falls short of that standard and I’ll explain why,” he said.
Peck said on the night of the incident, Bryant and his wife, Susan Abramovitch, were driving west along Bloor St. in a 1995 Saab convertible around 9:30 p.m. Their evening began with dinner at a Lebanese restaurant on College St., a walk in the Beach and dessert on the Danforth before they headed home to see their two young children. They were celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary and drank no alcohol.
The top and windows of the Saab were down. As they neared the intersection of Bloor and Yonge Sts., Bryant saw someone throwing objects onto the roadway attempting to impede traffic, Peck said. He was later identified as Sheppard.
While continuing westbound on Bloor St., Bryant came to a red light at a pedestrian crossing between Bay and Avenue Rd.
Peck said in the moments before Sheppard died, he cycled past Bryant’s vehicle along the driver’s side and then cut in front, stopping his bike directly in front of the convertible Saab and blocking its way.
When Bryant hit his brakes, the vehicle stalled. Peck said Bryant was trying to get away and attempted to get his car started when it stalled again, causing it to lurch forward. That was when “Mr. Bryant’s vehicle came close to or in contact with the rear wheel of Mr. Sheppard’s bike,” Peck said.
“At this point, Mr. Bryant describes himself as being in a state of panic. He says that Mr. Sheppard was becoming enraged.”
When Bryant got the car restarted, it accelerated into Sheppard causing him to land on the hood. Bryant hit the brakes and the cyclist fell, but stood up and did not appear at that point to be seriously injured.
Bryant reversed and then tried to drive forward around the bicycle.
“Mr. Sheppard threw his backpack, which struck either the hood or windshield and bounced onto Bloor St.,” Peck said. “Mr. Sheppard then jumped onto the vehicle as it drove away.”
Originally posted by ipsedixit
Does Ontario have a two tiered justice system? You decide.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Second, adding apparent mental illness and addiction issues to the mix simply contributes to an already sad story.
Originally posted by billybob
awesome work, ipsidixet!
you're a great writer, and an observant person. i totally think bryant was drunk, too.
his car stalling story is hearsay. a rich guy with a late model luxury car, and it keeps stalling? BS. he intentionally hit sheppard, it's clear, and then tried to flee the scene of the crime.