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Former Ontario AG writing book about incident that killed cyclist

Former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant is writing a book about his deadly encounter with a Toronto cyclist.

Penguin Canada says 28 Seconds will be published next fall.

In August 2009, Mr. Bryant was driving home from an anniversary dinner with his wife when he became involved in an altercation with bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard.

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The 33-year-old cyclist latched onto the former politician's car and died after falling under the vehicle.

Penguin says 28 Seconds will look at the aftermath of that evening. Charges against Mr. Bryant were ultimately dropped after prosecutors concluded there was little chance of a conviction.

Evidence showed Mr. Sheppard had a history of aggressive behaviour with drivers and twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood at the time of the incident.

"There is an untold story within this tragedy, and I wanted to share that story. It's important to pass along lessons learned regarding our justice system. I'm ready to speak to these very personal issues," Mr. Bryant said in a statement.

Penguin's Viking imprint will publish the book. Penguin says a portion of any book proceeds will go to the Pine River Foundation for adolescent mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Mr. Bryant was Ontario's attorney general from 2003-2007 and represented the Toronto riding of St. Paul's in Toronto for 10 years.

He currently works as a senior adviser at Norton Rose LLP in Toronto.

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