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Courier company says it has fired cyclist accused of assaulting driver in downtown Toronto

Codi Wilson, CTV Information Toronto
Printed Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:09PM EDT
Final Up to date Sunday, July 7, 2019 4:07PM EDT

A Canadian courier firm says it has now fired an worker accused of assaulting a driver who honked at him within the downtown core final week.

A part of the incident, which occurred on the intersection of York Avenue and Bremner Boulevard on Thursday afternoon, was captured on video and posted on-line.

The video exhibits a bicycle owner standing behind a person within the intersection earlier than grabbing his collar and tackling him to the bottom.

After the alleged altercation, the video exhibits the bicycle owner getting again onto his bike and leaving the world.

Brett New, the sufferer of the alleged assault, advised CTV Information Toronto final week that he was attempting to move by means of the intersection when a bicycle owner rode off of the sidewalk and entered the roadway.

New stated he was pressured to slam on his brakes to keep away from colliding with the person on the bike.

He stated he honked his horn out of frustration and that’s when the bicycle owner received off of his bike and kicked the entrance of his automotive.

“I got out of the car to ask him what he was doing and after a brief verbal exchange he pulled out a U-shaped bike lock and struck me with it,” New stated final week. “At that point, I knew there was a police officer usually stationed just west of Scotiabank Arena so I turned to call for help with my back turned. The cyclist then grabbed me from the behind and threw me to the ground.”

Following the alleged assault, New stated he suffered a bruise and a few contusions to his wrist in addition to some swelling and bleeding behind his head.

CTV Information Toronto has now confirmed that the suspect within the incident is believed to be an worker of QA Courier.

Peter Hanson, the president of the courier firm, advised CTV Information Toronto this weekend that the bicycle owner’s employment has now been terminated.

“My manager basically said, ‘Head straight to the police station and turn yourself in,’” Hanson stated.

He stated he was “disgusted” after watching the video and famous that the corporate has a “zero tolerance” coverage for that kind of violent behaviour.

“Honestly I’m shocked by the whole video and the whole incident how somebody could go to that extreme over something so small,” he added.

Police say the bicycle owner has not but surrendered.

“I think it was a pretty vicious assault by all accounts from what we saw on the video,” Toronto police Const. Allyson Douglas-Prepare dinner‏ stated Saturday.

“We all share the roadways and no one wants any situation to turn the way this one did.”

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