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TV's "Cash Cab" Hits & Kills Man in Canada

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A tragedy for the hit television show "Cash Cab" -- one of its taxis hit and killed a pedestrian in Vancouver.

Production had wrapped for the night and a member of the crew was driving the cab back to a storage facility late Friday when it hit a 61-year-old man. He died at a hospital shortly after. Police are not releasing the man's name.

Police said the circumstances surrounding the accident are not yet clear. So far no charges have been filed, according to a report in the New York Post.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family," said Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions Inc., which produces the Canadian version of the show. "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."

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On the show, unsuspecting and lucky riders who manage to hail the "cash cab" are asked trivia questions by the driver, and win money for correct answers.

The show originated in Britain. An American version, filmed in New York and Chicago, has aired here on the Discovery Channel since 2005. Canada has had its own version since 2008.