Real life Need for Speed crash kills cabbie

It’s a tragic tale that happened in FFOmake’s home town of Toronto, Canada. 2 youths street racing each other down Mount Pleassant Road ended up killing a cab driver after one of the cars lost control. The kicker, a copy of EA’s Need for Speed was found in the front seat of the culprit’s car.

Mount Pleassant road is typically a peaceful place. It stretches down through one of the nicest residential neighborhoods in the city. It is a pleasant downhill winding road which eventually turns into Jarvis Street once you pass Bloor Street.

On January 26 at 10:20pm it was turned into a crime scene when two careless teens decided they wanted to race their Mercedes along this sleepy street. Both teens aged 18, were traveling at speeds three times over the speed limit! As they tore up the road, Mr. Khan, a 46 year old cab driver, was preparing to make a left hand turn at the intersection the teens were racing toward. As the Mercedes came around the corner, Mr.Khan made his left turn onto Whitehall Road. The cab was T-boned into a pole killing the cab driver instantly.

Tahir Khan had just let off his last fare for the night and was preparing to go home. He had come to Canada almost 6 years ago from Pakistan. His dream was to make money to send back home to his family and eventually become a Canadian citizen so he could bring his wife of 16 years over here. Sadly he was only one day away from achieving his dream, for he was to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen the day after his death.

In the front seat of the Mercedes the teens were driving, a copy of EA’s popular Need For Speed series was found. This has reignited a fierce debate about how video games may be affecting our youth. Was the game to blame in this tragic tale of life imitating art? Detective Paul Lobsinger doesn’t think so. He was quoted as saying, “This was not the game's fault. There are millions who play this game and don't go out and do this." Whatever the case, the two accused are facing some hefty charges, and could end up with life in prison.

Whatever the case may be, this should not have happened. It’s a tragedy that could have been avoided with some common sense. Remember loyal FFOmake enthusiasts; please draw the line between the game and reality.

Contributed by: Cain
Source: Toronto Star

- February 8, 2006

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