|Photo: TONY VAN ALPHEN|
According to eye-witnesses, a taxi driver ran him over intentionally, in an incident of road rage. As a result, a 2nd degree murder charge has been laid against the driver.
Just like the last time, every skater in Toronto can mentally see it happening. We’ve all been in situations where there’s an unwanted interaction with a vehicle. What a tragedy. We are diminished in spirit from this loss.
|March 2013: a 'Ghost board' remains|
I’m in the camp that believes -- perhaps naively -- that our streets are for more than just cars. Cyclists, skaters, streetcars, scooters, buses, and other alternate forms of transport all belong in a thriving urban environment. We are legitimate parts of downtown traffic.
Yes, it can be risky. Everyone -- drivers and skaters alike -- must always pay attention to what is going on around them. And there’s never a situation that calls for deliberately running someone over with a car. That’s just wrong.
Skate friends -- skate safe! Be wary. Be strong.
Mr. Bissonnette: may you rest in peace.
VIGIL on Wednesday May 16, 6-7pm: King and Jarvis
Grappling With Another Longboarding Death
Our first longboarding tragedy
Is skateboarding illegal in Toronto?
We Are the Traffic
News coverage (with varying accounts of what happened):
CBC, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, National Post, CityTV
We are all Ralph Bissonnette (remarks from the vigil)