Photo Credit Facebook/CBC
As a veteran of the automobile/bicycle courier wars I thought this paragraph of the MSN/CBC/Canadian Press sums it up pretty well...
"Police said they believe the incident was likely sparked by a minor collision in which it appears Sheppard's bike was damaged.
Witnesses reported that Sheppard left his bike after the collision and somehow hung on to Bryant's car. Bryant allegedly yelled at Sheppard to get off the car as it moved along Bloor Street.
Police said Sheppard sustained severe injuries after striking a mailbox and a tree while still hanging on to the car. The courier, who grew up in Edmonton, died later that night in hospital."
Source: MSN/CBC News and The Canadian Press
Sounds to me like the bicycle and the car had an accident; the driver of the car tried to leave the scene of the accident(perhaps he was frightened of the vibrant adrenaline sweating man).
Sheppard requiring satisfaction, his means of income lying bent and useless on the road - perhaps $300.00 for a new bike to work with the next morning - tried to stop Bryant from leaving.
Bryant out of his element and neurotically frightened - like the Sherman McCoy character from the Tom Wolfe novel 'The Bonfire of the Vanities' - freaks, and while trying to escape decides to brush the disgusting sweaty thing off his fine automobile with a post box and a tree!
A CBC News Story quoted police; "The witnesses said it appeared as though Bryant was attempting to knock Sheppard off the car by brushing against trees and mailboxes on(the opposite side of) Bloor Street"!!
Michael James Bryant is a Harvard-trained lawyer who clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and later taught law at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall and King's College, London.
Life Imitates Art; death imitates Art.
Stranger than the fiction so far.
Natasha Gordon has set up a place for words and condolences on Facebook.
A Fundraizing effort to pay for Darcy Allan Sheppard's funeral has been set up by TOBMA-Toronto Bike Messenger Association on Facebook.