Taxi death Case

Two teenage friends were each released on $50,000 bail Tuesday following an alleged street race between luxury cars that ended in the death of a city taxi driver.

Their release is subject to a half-dozen conditions, including that they turn over all travel documents and that neither take the wheel of a car. Tahir Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who was working to bring his wife to Canada, was just days away from becoming a Canadian citizen when he was killed Tuesday night.

The two teens, former classmates at a prestigious Ontario private school, were allegedly racing Mercedes Benzes in one of the city's wealthiest neighbourhoods just moments before one of the cars struck Khan's taxi.

Wang-Piao Dumani Ross and Alexander Ryazanov, both 18, face charges of criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death.

Ross has also been charged with failing to stop after an accident causing death.

Both teens left the courthouse with their families early Tuesday evening and declined to comment. They are to return to court Feb. 23.

Ross's lawyer, Morris Manning, said he was pleased by the ruling.

"Of course, we appreciate someone died here," he said outside court. "What caused the accident and how it occurred have yet to be determined."

There is a publication ban on any evidence entered during the bail hearing.

The teens spent the weekend in jail, which Manning said was an ordeal for his client.

"He's dealt with that as one might expect an 18-year-old who has never been in jail to deal with it. It's been very difficult, very difficult."

The teens, who are now both university students in Toronto, are also required to live with their parents and follow their house rules, attend school and notify the police of a change of address. They are also forbidden from associating with each other - unless their lawyers are present - and from travelling outside the province.

Crown prosecutor Domenic Basile said outside court that freeing them would "shock the sensibility or the conscience of the community."

Witnesses have told police the two Mercedes were travelling at speeds upwards of 140 kilometres an hour in the 50-kilometre zone.

The force of the crash folded Khan's taxi around a utility pole.

Police also found a copy of the popular video game Need for Speed in the front seat of the car that struck the cab.

Khan, who came to Canada six years ago, was to be sworn in as a Canadian citizen in a ceremony last Friday. He was hoping his wife could eventually join him in Toronto.

A taxi driver who didn't know Khan but said he attended Tuesday's hearing out of sympathy for the driver was disappointed by the teens' release.

"Justice has not been served," said Sajid Mughal who, like Khan, immigrated to Canada from Pakistan.

A memorial fund has been established through the CIBC, and donations can be made at any branch by citing transit number 00402 and account number 2168332. (external - login to view)
Let me guess "Wealthy parents", if these young men are charged by the Crown it will be minor offence with a one year Probation Order. Oh, let us not forget "Community Service at the Sailing Club". If a women who writes a bad check to Walmart for Diapers, two years less a day.
I have the perfect punishment for these privileged arses Force them to drive a KIA for 5 years

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