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Bike courier accused of attacking motorist released on $1K bail

Last Updated Jul 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm EDT

Screengrab of a confrontation between a cyclist and motorist in downtown Toronto on July 4, 2019. Reddit/Doublecheese76

A cyclist who turned himself in to police after video surfaced online last week that appears to show a bike courier attacking a motorist has been released on $1,000 bail.

Paolo Diluciano, 30, surrendered to police on Sunday and made a brief court appearance on Monday morning.

He’s facing charges of assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and mischief.

His bail conditions include not going within 1,000 metres of the alleged victim, and not to go within 100 metres of the intersection of York Street and Bremner Boulevard, where the alleged attack took place last Thursday at around 4:30 p.m.

He’ll be back in court on August 12.

The driver, whose name cannot be released under a publication ban, posted video of the incident online after it was filmed by a bystander.

He alleged the cyclist kicked his car and when he exited his vehicle to confront him, the cyclist struck him with his bike lock.

The video, however, only captures the courier grabbing the man and slamming him to the ground before riding off on his bicycle.

Court heard on Monday that the driver sustained a concussion and cut.

QA Courier confirmed to CityNews that the cyclist involved in the incident works for them as a courier and advised him to speak to police.

They added that the courier has not been involved in any other incidents in his three years of working for them.

In light of the charges, the company told 680 NEWS that it plans to fire him.


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