Police seize "Cash Cab" after pedestrian killed

Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:57pm EDT
 
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VANCOUVER, B.C. (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.

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)