Police Seize ‘Cash Cab’ After Pedestrian Killed

by | July 20, 2011 at 8:44 AM | TV News

(Reuters) – Investigators are examining the taxi from the Canadian edition of the TV show “Cash Cab” to see whether it had a mechanical defect that may have contributed to a fatal pedestrian accident, police said on Tuesday.

A member of the show’s technical crew was driving the vehicle back to a storage facility late on Saturday when he ran into a 61-year-old man in a crosswalk in Vancouver, city police said. The man died in a local hospital on Sunday.

Vancouver police constable Lindsey Houghton said no charges have been brought in the case and there was no indication that alcohol or weather played a role in the accident.

The program features unassuming taxi passengers who hail a ride in the Cash Cab only to discover that they have become instant contestants in a game show, hosted in Canada by comedian Adam Growe.

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Separate versions of the series air on the Discovery Channel in the United States and Canada.

Andrew Burnstein, president of program makers Castlewood Productions, said in a statement, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family.

“My heart also goes out to the driver of the vehicle, a member of our technical staff, who is shaken and devastated by this tragic accident, as is our entire team,” he said.

(Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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