Cyclist killed on Friday morning was a teacher on his way to school

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Thomas Samson died on his way to work. The following is an article about it.

CTV Toronto
Published Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 8:10AM EST

Children and parents at Swansea Public School are in shock and mourning after learning that the cyclist who was struck and killed Friday morning was a teacher at their school.

Tom Samson, 35, a popular Grade 2 teacher at Swansea, was riding his bike to school just before 7 a.m. Friday morning when he was struck not once, but twice, while riding through the intersection of Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road.

The first driver who hit him did not stop. Manuel Martins was driving the second vehicle to hit Samson and .

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Toronto police respond to the scene of an accident at Davenport and Lansdowne after a cyclist was struck early Friday. (CTV Toronto)
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Police say Samson was crossing in a pedestrian crosswalk when he was struck and then was dragged across the intersection.

Though he was rushed to St. Michael’s Hospital, Samson died of his injuries.

Parents of children at the school were shocked by the tragedy.

"It's a shock and it's going to take some time to recover from something this,” Jason Martins, whose son attends Swansea, told CTV.

Samson was a married father of two young children. He was a chess and basketball coach at the school and was also a terrific teacher, says his principal, Karen Ridley.

“He loved life. He was one of the good guys, always,” she told CTV by phone. “He had a great sense of humour. His students absolutely adored him. They don’t understand. They’re Grade 2, they don’t understand.”

Police are now looking for a red or burgundy Chrysler minivan made between 1996 and 2000. It will have major front end damage to its bumper, hood, left front fender and left front headlight.

Police Const. Clinton Stibbe has this message for the driver: "I would suggest he contact a lawyer. We do have pieces of the vehicle here we are in the process of tracking the vehicle down we will find him. The city is looking for him. In fact; the entire GTA is looking for him."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

This is Toronto’s third cyclist fatality this year.

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