Police still looking for answers in 2013 killing of Michael Sullivan
Cyclist was chased and run down by a pickup truck and mortally wounded. But why?
Saturday marks four years since 51-year-old Michael Sullivan was run down and mortally wounded on his bicycle — and police are still looking for answers.
Investigators are keen to speak with a “small group of individuals” they believe have information that will lead to an arrest, police said in a news release Friday.
“Michael’s family and police are appealing to those persons to contact them.”
Police are offering a $50,000 reward for information.
Sullivan had been on his bike in the area of Barton and Lottridge streets on the afternoon of July 29, 2013, when he was chased and run down by a black Ford F150 pickup truck in an alley.
The encounter left Sullivan with a head injury that eventually led to his death almost three months later in hospital.
He was in a coma for 83 days before he was taken off life support Oct. 19, 2013.
Police say the chase occurred after a brief interaction that led to some misinformation being passed to the driver of that truck.
Over the years, the Sullivan family has said they believe it was a vigilante-style killing — that the driver had mistakenly be- lieved Michael was taking cellphone photos of a young girl in the area.
The driver of the pickup truck fled the scene and was last seen travelling east on Barton, police have said.
In the years since his death, police have released snippets of surveillance footage showing key moments of the deadly chase.
Crime Stoppers released a re- enactment video in 2014, hoping to jog memories.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Tom Hutton at 905-546-3926 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
A screen grab from surveillance camera video of Michael Sullivan on his bike being pursued by a truck.
Michael Sullivan was run down.