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A collision of consequence

In September, I wrote about how, in the poshest part of Toronto, a fatal traffic accident lay bare the power of privilege:

TORONTO, Canada — Road rage incidents between cyclists and drivers are usually mismatched affairs. The difference in metal bulk obviously puts cyclists at a disadvantage. But the clash that became the talk of Toronto last week was made uneven by much more.

The spectacular confrontation — and resulting death — brought together characters from opposite sides of the tracks in downtown Toronto.

Driving the car, a black Saab convertible, was Michael Bryant, once the powerful attorney general of Ontario, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar touted as a future premier of the province.

On the bicycle was Darcy Allen Sheppard, 33, an aboriginal bike courier removed from the care of his alcoholic mother at the age of 4. Years later, he too struggled with alcoholism and substance abuse. Along the way he fathered four children.

Fate, or tragic coincidence, joined the two on Monday, Aug. 31, at about 9:50 pm, on Bloor St. W. — one of the most exclusive shopping strips in the country, where Gucci, Prada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and other luxury brands have stores. ...

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