|Two teens facing criminal charges after a taxi driver died in an alleged street race between luxury cars could see a video game seized at the crash become evidence in the case, police said Thursday.
The game [Need for Speed] , which allows players to race high-octane luxury cars through busy urban areas at high speeds, was found on the front seat of a Mercedes Benz that crashed into the taxi on Tuesday night, killing 46-year-old Tahir Khan.
Tahir was to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen on Friday.
It's alleged schoolmates Alexander Ryazanov and Wang-Piao Ross, both 18, were racing Mercedes Benzes through one of the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods when one of the luxury cars struck Khan's taxi.
The impact of the crash folded the cab around a utility pole. Steam was still pouring off the wreckage as police sifted through the twisted metal.
|Two teens accused in an alleged street-racing incident that killed Toronto cabbie Tahir Khan were each freed on $50,000 bail paid by their parents yesterday.
The parents of Alexander Ryazanov and Dumani Ross hugged their sons shortly before 7 p.m. in the hallway of the College Park courthouse.
Ryazanov's parents -- Sergey, an importer-exporter, and Larissa, a medical doctor in Ukraine -- and Ross's parents -- Anthony Ross, a Toronto lawyer and engineer, and his wife, JoAnne Wang -- waited three hours for the paperwork that would free their sons.
Justice of the Peace John Cottrell released both teens on $50,000 bail under strict conditions, including a driving prohibition until they are tried, likely in 12-18 months, for alleged dangerous driving and criminal negligence in the Jan. 24 death of Khan.
|"It's tragic, it's horrible what happened. Now I am going to be worried about him staying in jail with criminals"
-An relative of one of the accused (January 2006)
"It could have been any of us in the same situation, Sometimes we get out of hand. We have fun. You know, a lot of us are just getting our new licenses now"
-Saron Ghebressellassie, friend of the accused (January 2006)
I think this has been repeated far too many times.
And from the past experience, I can say that these rich kids never come to harm, even for having killed somebody.
What I found more disturbing was the callousness of the comments I have been reading.
This will also add fuel to the old debate surrounding the effect of such video games on kids.