Car kills bike

CBC News (Canada): Last Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 | 10:13 PM E

Former Ontario AG Bryant charged in cyclist’s death

Bryant

The man once touted as a future premier of Canada’s largest province is now facing charges involving the death of a cyclist on one of Toronto’s busiest streets.

“Michael James Bryant, 43 years of age, of Toronto, is now charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death,” said Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows at an impromptu news conference outside the headquarters of the force’s traffic division.

The cyclist has been identified as Darcy Allan Sheppard, 33, of Toronto.

A former attorney general of Ontario, Bryant was released under unspecified conditions on his own recognizance. Burrows said Bryant had “absolutely not” received any preferential treatment.

Bryant will make a court appearance on Oct. 19 in the case.

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It’s amazing how easy it is to commit homicide in an industrial society.

It takes a famous person behind the wheel (or under the wheels) for it to even make the news.

Here’s a video of the man behind the wheel.

It came out in later reports that Bryant actually plowed the cyclist into lamp-posts in order to kill him, and after being arrested, Bryant’s second phone call (after his lawyer) was a PR firm.

But I don’t blame him at all for this tragedy. The whole thing took a few seconds, and we all panic in certain types of situations. The car made accidental manslaughter far too easy.

The car puts us all in a potential manslaughter or sudden death situation. End of story.

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