Former Ontario attorney general killed cyclist in hit-and-run

Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant is reportedly being questioned after a hit-and-run in Toronto left a man dead, Monday night.

"There was some sort of altercation between the two people involved in this investigation, which has ended in, unfortunately, the death of a cyclist," said Sgt. Tim Burrows.

Police will not confirm that Bryant was the driver of the car, nor will they say if charges are pending.

The altercation began near the corner of Bloor Street West and Bay Street at about 9:45 p.m.

According to Burrows, the cyclist and a motorist got into an argument with the cyclist then clinging onto a black Saab as it continued west on Bloor.

"Exactly how this has happened, at this point in time, is under investigation," Burrows said.

Police are reviewing video surveillance from the area.

Police said several 911 calls were made during the incident, including one from the driver of the vehicle.

Witness reports indicate the car sped along Bloor Street, crossed into the eastbound lane, mounted the curb and drove along the sidewalk, with the cyclist hanging on.

The witnesses said it appeared as though the driver was attempting to knock the cyclist off by brushing against trees and mailboxes on Bloor Street, approaching Avenue Road.

Police said the cyclist sustained severe injuries after striking a mailbox and a tree while still hanging onto the car.

Witnesses said the cyclist, 33, fell off, was dragged and then run over by the rear wheels of the vehicle.

He was rushed to Toronto's St. Michael's hospital but died of severe head injuries, according to police.

The cyclist was pronounced dead shortly after 11 p.m., police said.

Police spotted the car after it pulled into a nearby hotel. Bryant was later seen in the back of a police cruiser.

Bryant was the province's youngest-ever attorney general. He was first elected MPP for St. Paul's in 1999 and won re-election in 2003 and 2007. He later served as aboriginal affairs minister and minister of economic development.

Bryant resigned from politics in May of this year to take the job as president and CEO of Invest Toronto.

A byelection to replace Bryant as MPP for the riding of St. Paul's is scheduled for Sept. 17.


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