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• 9:50 p.m.: Toronto police called to Bloor Street West, just east of Avenue Road, for a hit-and-run collision. Victim taken to St. Michael's hospital "CTAS1" by EMS, meaning without vital signs.

• 11 p.m.: Toronto police say they've arrest a man, and put him in the back of a cruiser while examining his 1995 Saab convertible, which is parked in the driveway of the Hyatt hotel at 4 Avenue Rd. It's after the 11 p.m. newscast, and the only television news station able to get a shot of the man on its late evening newscast is CTV.

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• 12:39 p.m.: The Globe and Mail searches plate number of Saab, which comes back as registered to a Michael James Bryant. Reporter asks a cop if it's the same Michael Bryant, and the officer jokes that he hopes it isn't. They announce the victim, then described as a man in his 20s, has died.

• 1 a.m.: Police still searching and photographing street. Construction workers who witnessed it help them and diligently point out what they say they saw. Car registered to Mr. Bryant still at Hyatt, with visible damage. Officer guarding it. Hotel concierge says he cannot say anything about whether Mr. Bryant or a blonde woman said to have been with him in the car entered the hotel.

• 3 a.m.: Bloor still closed, and Homicide Squad detectives arrive on scene. Officers are debating whether to consider the death manslaughter or a homicide (and putting it in the hands of the Homicide Squad) or to treat it as a traffic death. Traffic Services retains control of the investigation.

• 4:14 a.m.: Traffic reconstruction teams leave the scene. Bloor still closed.

• 5:20 a.m.: Tow truck takes away car that is registered to Mr. Bryant. Officer driving truck had a set of keys for the car. Forensics crews now re-examining sidewalk in front of Sephora where cyclist landed after being knocked from the car when he hit a mailbox. Witnesses said a large blood pool quickly formed under the victim.

• 5:30 a.m.: Radio station is first to go with story that it's Michael Bryant. Many broadcast outlets follow, some erroneously reporting that he has been charged. At this point, Mr. Bryant is thought to be in custody in the Traffic Services building in Liberty Village but he has not been charged.

• 6 a.m.: Police say officially they cannot release the name or date-of-birth of the suspect. Many media, including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and CBC, have not yet published the name for lack of official confirmation. For instance, there is a second Michael J. Bryant listed in the Toronto phone book.

• 6:30 a.m.: Source says it's Michael Bryant, the former attorney-general. Multiple sources in police confirm soon after.

• 7:10 a.m.: Toronto police Traffic Services Sergeant Tim Burrows updates media, saying the victim is actually a 33-year-old who lived in the downtown, though declining to release his name. Police have now spoken with the man's next-of-kin.

• 7:30 a.m.: The Globe and Mail has dispatched reporters and photographers to Traffic Services and Old City Hall, where a bail appearance for anyone facing new charges is likely. Globe also sends court sketch artist. Bloor Street is reopened.

• 9:25 a.m.: Police source tells The Globe and Mail's Timothy Appleby that Mr. Bryant will face charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. Those charges will keep the file in the hands of Traffic Services.

• 9:36 a.m.: Mayor David Miller, whose city-run Invest Toronto is led by Mr. Bryant, releases a brief statement but doesn't name names.

"I want to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the cyclist who died last night following an incident in the Yorkville area. As this is an active police investigation, I will not be making any further comment on this tragedy today."

• 2:30 p.m.: Mr. Bryant was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Monday, Oct. 19, room 111, at 3 p.m.

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