Conclusion of the Police Reconstruction Report – Michael Bryant

June 11, 2014

Toronto Police prepared a detailed collision reconstruction report based on eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence and video evidence. This report was made available to Michael Bryant and his legal team BEFORE Mr. Bryant came up with his version of the events.

Note that the forensic investigation revealed that:

Blood was not located on the steering wheel, passenger side or on the tires of the vehicle. 

Below are the Conclusions of the report. The full Police Collision Reconstruction Report is available here.

Compare its contents to the Special Prosecutor’s brief in court and you will be struck by the vast differences.


 

CONCLUSION

 

Mr. BRYANT and Mr. SHEPPARD shared responsibility in the death of Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

Mr. BRYANT struck Mr. SHEPPARD not once, but twice from a stopped position on Bloor Street West east of the pedestrian signalized intersection which was captured on a building security cameras at#112 Bloor Street West.

 

The first collision occurred after Mr. SHEPPARD stopped his bike in front of the Saab. Mr BRYANT accelerated the Saab from a stopped position into the rear of the bicycle, knocking the bicycle over and jostling Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

The second collision occurred after Mr. SHEPPARD righted his bicycle in front of Mr. BRYANT. The Saab was stopped for two seconds. Mr. BRYANT rapidly accelerated the Saab again into the stopped cyclist, Mr. SHEPPARD was struck, carried on the hood of the car and thrown to the ground from the force of the impact.

 

Mr. BRYANT reversed his Saab and drove around the bicycle which was on the ground with Mr. SHEPPARD.

 

As Mr. BRYANT tried to drive around Mr, SHEPPARD and the bicycle, Mr. SHEPPARD approached the Saab and held onto the drivers’ side of the vehicle. Mr. BRYANT accelerated rapidly in a south westerly direction into on-coming traffic.

 

There was no physical evidence, or independent witness statements suggesting Mr. SHEPPARD affected the steering of the Saab, or anything to suggest he physically attacked Mr. BRYANT.

 

Mr. BRYANT drove the Saab on the roadway westbound in the eastbound lanes with Mr. SHEPPARD holding onto the drivers’ side of the vehicle.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD’s left leg struck a tree near#131Bloor Street West, and he continued to hold onto the side of the vehicle.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD held onto the side of the vehicle until his torso struck a fire hydrant.

 

Mr. SHEPPARD landed on the pavement striking his head on the asphalt.

 

Mr. BRYANT continued to drive the Saab in a westerly direction and left Mr. SHEPPARD lying on the street.

 

Mr. BRYANT drove westbound on Bloor Street West and turned north on Avenue Road. Mr. BRYANT entered the Hyatt Regency Hotel and parked his vehicle. Mr. BRYANT had a conversation with the concierge and called police. (three minutes later)

 

Mr. SHEPPARD died as a result of his injuries sustained in the collision.

 

Mr. BRYANT’s final actions in the third collision sequence led to the death of Mr. SHEPPARD. Mr. BRYANT’s failure to stop the Saab when Mr. SHEPPARD deliberately hung on to the side of the Saab, and driving his vehicle on the opposite side of the road in an attempt to dislodge Mr. SHEPPARD from his vehicle gave the appearance of a deliberate act according to witnesses.

Mr. SHEPPARD also is responsible for his actions that led up to the concluding incident.

All of these incidents were unfortunate and avoidable.

 

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Collision Reconstruction Report of the killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard

June 11, 2014

Toronto Police prepared a detailed collision reconstruction report based on eyewitness accounts, forensic evidence and video evidence. This report was made available to Michael Bryant and his legal team BEFORE Mr. Bryant came up with his version of the events.

Below is the Executive Summary of the report. The full Police Collision Reconstruction Report is available here.

Compare its contents to the Special Prosecutor’s brief in court and you will be struck by the vast differences.


 

Collision Reconstruction Report

Fatal Collision 23 | 2009

Bloor Street West near Avenue Road

City of Toronto, Ontario

Monday, August 31, 2009

 

1.0 Executive Summary

On Monday, August 31, 2009 at 9:47 PM, a black Saab convertible operated by Mr. Michael BRYANT was travelling westbound on Bloor Street West. The Saab stopped at a red light for a pedestrian crosswalk near 102 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

A bicycle operated by Mr. D’Arcy SHEPPARD, travelled westbound along the center yellow dividing line on Bloor Street West. Mr. SHEPPARD abruptly turned in front of the Saab and stopped as the traffic light turned green.

Mr. BRYANT accelerated the Saab forward, and bumped the rear tire of the bicycle with the front bumper of the vehicle and stopped. This contact knocked the bicycle over, however the cyclist was able to maintain an upright position. Mr. SHEPPARD righted his bicycle.

Mr. BRYANT rapidly accelerated again from a stop and struck the cyclist from behind a second time. This time Mr. SHEPPARD was projected onto the hood of the Saab and ejected on to the roadway west of the stop line for westbound traffic.

Mr. BRYANT reversed and accelerated rapidly in a westerly direction around the bicycle that had been wedged under the vehicle, At the same time Mr. SHEPPARD stood up and approached the vehicle. Mr. SHEPPARD grabbed onto the drivers’ side door of the Saab as it accelerated. The Saab crossed the center line and continued driving westbound in the eastbound curb lane of Bloor Street West with Mr. SHEPPARD clinging onto the side of the vehicle.

Mr. BRYANT drove the Saab close to the south curb of Bloor Street West, causing Mr. SHEPPARD to strike a tree, and fire hydrant. As Mr. SHEPPARD fell from the vehicle, he tumbled on the roadway, before coming to a rest in the eastbound curb lane.

Mr. BRYANT continued westbound on Bloor Street West in the eastbound and westbound lanes. Mr. BRYANT called police from a Hotel at Bloor Street West and Avenue Road.

Mr. Sheppard died as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision.

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