On Halloween afternoon last Monday, Ryan Carriere, a young father, husband, mail carrier and comic book artist was killed , hit by a truck while cycling near the Gladstone Hotel on Queen West. Unless TOist is missing something, some buried byline or wire story (and we hope we are), it’s been one full week since the accident and the mainstream media has remained deafeningly, appallingly silent. Perhaps there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this blatant oversight. Maybe the interns manning the Toronto Star Radio Room snuck out early to go trick-or-treating that afternoon?
Meanwhile, we could highlight the ongoing discussion about the City’s bike plan, mandatory truck guards (and the urgent necessity thereof), but we won’t. We won’t use irony in the wrong sense of the word to even mention the obvious disconnect between the City imploring civilians to use alternative modes of transport like the TTC and bicycles, let alone point out that this tragedy is a perfect illustration of how far the City has to go on the matter of pedestrian and cyclist safety. TOist is, however, jaded, so will say this much: Isn’t the tragic, unnecessary and totally preventable death of a 31-year-old father of two exactly the stuff Royson James, Joe Fiorito and Rosie DiManno columns are made of? But hey, maybe Fiorito is busy. Or doesn’t have enough space (he does only have three columns to fill every week, after all). And DiManno’s busy commenting on matters of extreme civic relevance, like the finer sartorial points of Charles and Camilla’s stateside PR tour. And we do appreciate that there are other important issues to cover, like high winds blowing leaves around, and stuff. But really? Shame on them.
Friends, family and cyclists are gathering for a candlelight memorial at the scene of the accident tonight at 7pm, at the intersection of Queen & Gladstone.