Cash Cab Hits Pedestrian
Who would think game shows could be dangerous. I mean some shows you might have to eat something disgusting or perform some simple stunt, but what if your not even a contestant? A pedestrian was struck by the 'Cash Cab' late Saturday while crossing the street. Read more after the jump.Cash Cab was a game show started in England, with the U.S. version airing on the Discovery Channel in 2005. In 2008, Discovery Channel Canada began its version of the show. Basically the game goes as follows. A person hailing a cab steps into what they think is a real cab only to find out they have become a contestant in a game.The host of the show then asks the contestant a series of questions, while driving them to their destination, and receiving cash for every question answered correctly. Miss a question and you lose the money and the rest of the ride.
Late Saturday in Vancouver, B.C. a member of the shows technical crew was driving the fake taxi back to the storage facility when he struck a 61-year-old man crossing the street. The man, whose name has not been released, died the following day.
Police do not think alcohol or bad weather played a role in the tragedy, but instead are checking the vehicle for any mechanical problems that might have played a role in the accident. No charges have been filed against the driver and a complete investigation is still under way.
No statement from the driver himself has been made, but Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions said in a statement,
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and 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."