A Leaside man died early this morning from an accidental self-inflicted injury.
Earlier reports suggested the incident occurred as the man was taking out his recycling, but neighbours say that wasn’t the case. The man was found outside the entrance to the underground parking garage. An emptied recycling container sat in front of his home at noon.
Const. Victor Kwong said the incident occurred shortly after midnight outside the man’s home on Thomas Elgie Drive, near Eglinton Avenue East and Brentcliffe Road. Police believe the man was cut by a knife and there does not seem to be a criminal aspect.
“We believe the stab wound was not a result of someone else and it was not intentional,” Kwong said.
Police performed CPR on the man, believed to be in his 60s. He has not been publicly identified.
A spokesperson for Toronto Paramedic Services said they responded to the scene, where they found the man to be suffering a puncture wound to his leg. He was taken to a local trauma centre where he later died.
A large pool of blood marked the entrance to the underground parking, with a trail of blood leading to the sidewalk. Just after noon, neighbours who knew the man could still be seen dropping off flowers, and many stood around comforting each other. Most would not speak to news media and none would identify him.
“I really don’t want to talk about it,” said one man, who was later identified as a friend who had come by to take the man’s pet bulldog.
Neighbour Adrienne Czinkoczi said she often ran into the man when they were out walking their dogs. They lived across the street from each other, and would sometimes wave through their front windows.
“He was such a nice man,” she said.
By early afternoon, the police tape was down.
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