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.
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.