'Cash Cab' strikes, kills pedestrian in Vancouver

/ Source: msnbc.com

The production company for a TV game-show filmed inside a fake taxi offered condolences Saturday after its vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian, The Canadian Press news agency reported.

Andrew Burnstein, president of Vancouver-based Castlewood Productions Inc., said the team with Discovery Channel's "Cash Cab" sends thoughts and prayers to the 61-year-old victim from Surrey, B.C., and his family.

Vancouver Police said the unidentified man died of injuries suffered when he was struck just before midnight in the Downtown Eastside. The victim's name is not being released at the request of the family, police said.

No charges have been filed but the incident remains under investigation.

Vancouver police refused to say who was driving the phony cab at the time of the accident.

Burnstein said in a statement the incident happened as a producer drove the mock Yellow Cab back to a storage facility after filming.

Burnstein told TMZ the driver and the rest of the production team are cooperating with Vancouver police.

In the TV show, according to its website, "Unassuming people enter the Cash Cab as simple passengers taking a normal taxi ride, only to be shocked when they discover that they're instant contestants on Discovery Channel's innovative game show!" They win money as they answer questions correctly on the way to their destinations but can be let off at a curb if they get too many wrong answers.

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

"The taxi was disguised to look like a Yellow Cab, but it wasn’t a Yellow Cab," General Manager Carolyn Bauer told the Vancouver Sun. "It was for production."

"It wasn’t one of our drivers, it wasn’t one of our taxis," Bauer said, adding that her company provided written permission to the production company to use the Yellow Cab logo and company information on the vehicle.

"We’re not receiving any money for this," she said.