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Michael Bryant

man_slut

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Globe and Mail said:
Josh Wingrove

Toronto — Globe and Mail Update Last updated on Tuesday, Sep. 01, 2009 07:44AM EDT

Ontario's former attorney general Michael Bryant is in police custody after a fatal hit-and-run in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood Monday night.

The collision left a cyclist in his 20s dead and both Mr. Bryant and his Saab convertible in police hands as traffic and homicide officers combed Bloor Street for evidence overnight. Mr. Bryant has not been charged.

Police question Michael Bryant

The ordeal began around 9:45 p.m., on Bloor Street between Bay Street and Avenue Road, at a traffic light. Police said the cyclist and a man in a convertible got into an “altercation.” What followed next is unclear, but according to witness accounts, the cyclist found himself gripping to the outside of the car driver's door as it sped away.

The car apparently swerved to the oncoming lane of traffic along Bloor, very close to the sidewalk that the cyclist hung over. “He started going (driving) onto the sidewalk,” said Manuel Machado, a construction worker standing on the street as it unfolded.

“I heard the tires screech,” said Ryan Brazeau, another worker. “He (the cyclist) was right literally at the front windshield, almost holding on to the driver.”

The driver was now going west in the eastbound curb lane, leaving the cyclist clinging to the curbside door of the car. The cyclist, clinging to the car as it sped away, then struck trees and a grey mailbox like a “human battering ram,” Mr. Brazeau said.

“You could hear hitting, something, bam, bam, bam,” a third worker said.

The cyclist fell off the car when he struck the mailbox, and collapsed in a heap of blood on the sidewalk in front of Sephora. The driver kept going, hanging a right at Avenue Road.

“He was going fast enough that we couldn't recognize the car or the license plate,” Mr. Brazeau said.

A car matching descriptions from other witnesses, registered to Mr. Bryant, was found a short time later in the parking lot of the Hyatt hotel, which sits on the northwest corner of Bloor and Avenue, just metres from the crash site.

Television images captured Mr. Bryant in the back of a police cruiser. He was arrested moments after the crash.

The car had extensive damage to the right driver's side door; the passenger door, and the front driver's side fender. The car was taken away on a police tow truck around 5:20 a.m. by an officer with a set of keys.

The injured man, meanwhile, was bleeding from his mouth and ears, and from several gashes across his face. Paramedics rushed him to hospital without vital signs just before 10 p.m., and he was pronounced dead just after 11 p.m., Toronto police Traffic Services Sergeant Tim Burrows said.

His name wasn't released. Sgt. Burrows confirmed that the death “appears as a result of coming into contact with some objects on the side of the road.”

Several people, including someone "closely related" to Mr. Bryant, called 911, police said.

The workers told police they believed it appeared that the driver knew the man was on the car, which had its top down. “How can you explain the guy going the wrong way?” Mr. Machado said.

Asked if the driver was trying to knock the person off his car by striking objects, Sgt. Burrows replied: “No idea at this point in time.”

The death meant that the Homicide Squad was called in, but as of 5 a.m., the case was still in the hands of Traffic Services, considered the city's 23rd road fatality of the year. “Homicide was notified because of the fact there's a death involved. This appears to be more than just a traffic accident,” Sgt. Burrows said. “Right now, it's classified as ours (Traffic Services, not the Homicide Squad). If anything comes out of the investigation, that could change.”

Investigators are sifting through extensive security camera footage from the retail strip but still appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“Right off the top, we do know there were a lot of people involved who were in the area at the time. We've seen that on surveillance footage,” Sgt. Burrows said.

During Bloor's now-nine-hour closure, officers scoured Bloor Street. Evidence markers suggested the altercation began in the northernmost, westbound curb lane in front of United Colours of Benetton, before swerving across two middle lanes that were closed for construction and continuing west in the southernmost, eastbound lane.

“Different decisions on either part would have led to such different outcomes,” one collision reconstruction unit officer said. “It's just so bizarre.”

Before Mr. Bryant's identity was revealed, Sgt. Burrows said the driver was facing a fail-to-remain charge and a dangerous driving charge, as well as an investigation into the circumstances of the crash. That investigation is still in the early stages.

Mr. Bryant served as Ontario's attorney general and a high profile cabinet minister to Premier Dalton McGuinty. He left politics earlier this year to take control of Invest Toronto, meant to attract business investment to the Toronto area.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/michael-bryant-in-police-custody/article1271489/
 

tobywan

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Seems to me like both share responsibility for this happening...there are just some crazy, extreme cyclists out there who are just as aggressive as people in cars and the fact that the guy wouldn't let go of the car just shows he was a complete nutbar.

Mind you, the fact that Bryant failed to remain at the scene turns this into a hit-and-run incident and it'll interesting to see how it all pans out.
 

Flashy_McFlash

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Seems to me like both share responsibility for this happening...there are just some crazy, extreme cyclists out there who are just as aggressive as people in cars and the fact that the guy wouldn't let go of the car just shows he was a complete nutbar.
Then the proper fucking reaction is to STOP. Holy shit.
 

Bass-Invader

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He probably thought that if he was to stop, then this man who is holding on to his moving car trying to grab him, would kill him.
 
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Lysistrata

Well-Known TRIBEr
i heard a cyclist was killed in a cyle-auto accident on bloor on the radio this morning - but they didnt' say it was Michael Bryant driving!
 

Chris

Well-Known TRIBEr
saw this on the news this morning, crazy story - and Bryant was such a snappy dresser too.
 

tobywan

TRIBE Member
He probably thought that if he was to stop, then this man who is holding on to his moving car trying to grab him, would kill him.
Certainly a possibility, and also could be one of those cases of extreme road (and bike) rage. At this point it seems that they both chose to make a bad decision while their emotions got the best of them.
 
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praktik

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holy shit.

this is crazy bizarre.

You'd think as a high-profile dude you'd just STOP or ignore or not let things escalate. I have an insane curiousity to know what the hell they were arguing about
 

Caz

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You would think if you were anyone except Blade the vampire killer you'd just stop. What kind of crazy does that?
 
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judge wopner

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from what ive read:

his car was going the wrong way down a one way street,
so the cyclist almost collided with his car.

the cyclist got off his bike and went over to his car to argue,

he was driving a covertible w/ the top down, bryant started to drive away and the cyclist grabbed the female passenger, at that point he just started to speed up while shouting at the cyclist to let go but he didnt. bryant jumped the curb and struck a mail-box sandwiching the cyclist in between,

at that point he leg go and collapsed and bryant drove away, stopped at the Park-Hyatt parking lot a few blocks away and was taken in.

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horrible way to die, and a sad situation where tempers escalate. though any time someone escalates a road rage situation to the point where they physically grab a occupant in a car they have to be prepared for the person to attempt to drive away as the easiest way to remove themselves from the situation.

its sounds like though he purposefully jumped the curb to sandwich the cyclist against the mail-box which seems fucking cruel and excessive, so he will likely get multiple serious charges. as he should.
 

Sal De Ban

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Not if it's this bike

1. you'll burn your legs all over that exhaust.
2. there are no turning signals and that's not safe
3. it is illegal in most parts of canada to have machine gun turrets on your hog. plus they are too close to the tire, and may overheat the rubber
 
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stryker

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if someone is on your car, you stop. period.

I bet he was jsut trying to save the cyclist from some rabid pit bulls, he's probably a hero and should be commended...lol
 

judge wopner

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if someone is on your car, you stop. period.

I bet he was jsut trying to save the cyclist from some rabid pit bulls, he's probably a hero and should be commended...lol

so if some dude comes up to your car and reaches in to grab your wife or girlfriend, youre saying you stop your car? and then what? get out and assault them?

in defense of mr. bryant, driving away is probally a reflex to situation like that no? especially if youre a slender politician known more for good cardio than explosive strength!!
 

acheron

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if someone is attacking you, you either fight or flee. Bryant seems to have tried to do a bit of both.
 
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