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'Cash Cab' strikes and kills pedestrian in Canada

July 18, 2011 |  4:29 pm

A "Cash Cab" taxi struck and killed a pedestrian in Vancouver when a technical staff member was driving the replica cab back to the lot after filming on the Canadian version of the game show wrapped for the day.

The staff member crashed into a 61-year-old man crossing the street and the man died in the hospital soon after the accident Friday, police said. The family of the Surrey man has requested that his name not be released.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family," said Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions Inc., the production company behind the Canadian version of "Cash Cab."

"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.

There were no witnesses to the crash and charges had not been filed, according to the Vancouver Sun. The driver remained at the scene of the accident and the replica taxi is being held by investigators.

The trivia game show pays out cash to unassuming passengers who correctly answer questions for the duration of their commute. Adam Growe, a comedian and a licensed taxi driver, hosts the Canadian version of the mobile show. He was not driving the cab at the time of the accident, which is reportedly the worst in the show's history. 

 The American version of "Cash Cab" is filmed in New York and Chicago and broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Its host, Ben Bailey, has said that he never gets into fender benders.

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