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Fast and Furious: Ex-Ontario A.G. Charged With Killing Cyclist

By Joel Zand on September 01, 2009 6:29 PM

Michael Bryant, former Attorney General for the province of Ontario, Canada, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in a deadly road-rage incident that killed Toronto bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard.

The incident occurred Monday evening on Bloor Street in Toronto's posh Yorkville neighborhood, just blocks away from the Ontario Legislative Assembly, in the heart of the Canadian city's hotel district.

But here's the real kicker: when Bryant was Ontario Attorney General, he was an outspoken opponent of illegal street racing, arguing that "[t]he damage that these vehicles can cause can sometimes be catastrophic."

As Attorney General, Bryant gained support from police and government officials for his clampdown on street racing, telling street racers that the province would seize their cars "and you will never see it again. We will crush your car, we will crush the parts."

Rather ironic words from the Harvard-trained Canadian lawyer who, according to Toronto police and witnesses, drove while the cyclist was still holding onto the door of Bryant's car, crossing traffic lanes while driving the wrong way against traffic, and onto the curb.

According to a new report from the Globe & Mail, however, the cyclist was drinking that evening and released by Toronto police after an ex-girlfriend had called them for assistance.

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