Still no answers, 3 years after cyclist chased down and killed
Three years ago today, Michael Sullivan was relentlessly chased down by someone in a pickup truck before he was struck and killed — and still, no one knows why or who did it.
In marking that three year anniversary, the case's investigators are imploring anyone with information about what happened to come forward.
"Investigators are keen to conclude this case for the Sullivan family and are confident that a small group of individuals have information that will lead to an arrest," a police news release issued Friday reads.
"Michael's family and police are appealing to those persons to contact them."
There is even a $50,000 reward for anyone who can give a solid lead into the baffling case of the father of two with a disability who was killed in 2013.
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Here's what police know:
Around 2:30 p.m. at Barton and Lottridge, Sullivan rode his bicycle by some people on the street. He had a brief exchange with them, and they said something to the driver of a black pickup truck.
Last year, former police Chief Glenn De Caire said whatever information was exchanged was "wrong."
Son killed over 'misunderstanding,' mom says
Sullivan's mother, Gail, said her son was killer over a "misunderstanding" because he appeared to have taken a picture of a little girl.
"He had his camera, it didn't take pictures," she said. "And there was a little girl there, and he said, 'Smile pretty.' And he pretended he was taking her picture, thinking nothing of it, which nobody would. And then the lady come along and said, 'Well, you're not supposed to be doing that.' Well, he was only being friendly, you know what I'm saying? Then it just went from there."
After that happened, the driver started chasing Sullivan down city streets until they reached the rear lot of a restaurant supply store at 927 Barton St. E.
The truck hit Sullivan so hard that he flew off his bicycle and hit his head. He was found unconscious and taken to Hamilton General, where he was taken off life support on Oct. 29, 2013.
Police have the truck — a black Ford F150. But they still don't know who the driver was, since the driver didn't own the truck.
The driver was a man in his 20s or 30s with short hair.
Sullivan, 51, was living with his mom in a house on Spadina Avenue at the time of his death. He worked from home building or fixing things for other people. He rebuilt computers for underprivileged children. He fixed bicycles for people who didn't have them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tom Hutton at 905-546-3926 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.