VANCOUVER, British Columbia (CBSNewYork/AP) – In New York City, many residents dream of the day they’ll get picked up by the famous “Cash Cab” and get a chance to rake in big bucks on the popular TV game show. The sentiment may not be the same in Vancouver, however, after their version of the famous taxi struck and killed a pedestrian.
Vancouver police said the victim, a 61-year-old man, was struck in the city’s Downtown Eastside district late Friday night, and died in a hospital shortly after the incident.
The accident occurred as a producer was driving the replica cab back to a storage facility after filming for the day had been completed, according to Andrew Burnstein, president of Castlewood Productions Inc., which produces the show’s Canadian version.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his friends and his family.” said Burnstein. “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.”
On “Cash Cab,” broadcast in North America on the Discovery Channel, unassuming people who flag down a replica yellow taxi become instant contestants on a game show, answering trivia questions for cash prizes.