On Monday night, not far from where I live, a young man riding his skateboard was struck by a taxi car and killed. Police have charged the driver with second-degree murder.
The name of the victim was Ralph Bissonnette. He was only 28.
This afternoon, while I was walking to meet Raquel for lunch I passed the spot where Ralph died and found that a collection of flowers and cards had been left by people affected by the young man’s death. I noticed that the wind had blown over the yellow pot and I knelt down to fix it. As I did a young woman stopped and said to me, “It’s horrible to have to see that here.” Of course, I agreed.
According to The Toronto Star, Bissonnette was from Quebec. He worked in kitchens in different parts of the world, including as a line cook at Club Med in Florida, various restaurants in Quebec and a jazz bar in San Diego.
A few years ago he settled in Toronto, working at local restaurants including Rosewater Supper Club. He was an avid skateboarder and cyclist who was living with his girlfriend at the time of his death.
Witnesses told police that there was an altercation between Ralph and the taxi driver only moments before the accident, and it is suspected that road rage was a contributing factor in his death.
A completely avoidable situation. Ralph woke up on Monday morning for the last time. Only he didn’t know it.
Rest in peace buddy.