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Mitchell Irwin, now 21, pleads guilty in hit-and run death of cyclist Adam Excell, 26

Posted on 26 July 2017 by admin

Excell’s mother issues plea for drivers to reduce speed. “He didn’t stand a chance against a 2,000-pound car travelling 80 km/h,” she said.

“People need to slow down,” Brenda Excell said quietly outside a downtown Toronto courtroom. “Just slow down.”

Excell had just heard Mitchell Irwin, 21, plead guilty to dangerous driving causing death for killing her son Adam Excell as he was biking on the night of June 13, 2015.

In her victim impact statement, six pages long interspersed with photographs, Brenda painted a vivid portrait of the grief she and her family have lived with since losing Excell, 26, a passionate and adventurous outdoorsman, photographer and cyclist.

“He was so slight,” she wrote in the statement, read to court by the Crown. “He didn’t stand a chance against a 2,000-pound car travelling 80 km/h. I picture it clearly in my mind.”

Irwin listened to the many emotional statements of Excell’s family and friends in tears with his head collapsed onto a desk.

He was 19 at when the crash happened two years ago at the intersection of Avenue Rd. and Davenport.

A ghost bike now marks the spot.

According to an agreed statement of facts, at 11:20 p.m. Excell was making a left turn onto Davenport during an amber light after oncoming northbound traffic had stopped. Mitchell, however, was weaving around other vehicles and sped northbound into the intersection, slamming into Excell. At the point of collision he was going 87 km/h in a 50km/h zone, according to a collision reconstruction report.

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