Toronto

1 dead, 1 in custody following fatal west-end crash

A man in his 60s has died following a fatal crash involving a stolen cab in the city's west-end Monday morning.

Collision at Royal York Rd. and Lawrence Ave. involved a stolen cab

A man in his 60s has died following a fatal crash involving a stolen cab in the city's west-end Monday morning.

The collision occurred at Royal York Road and Lawrence Avenue West shortly before 8:30 a.m.

A 23-year-old man was driving a cab that was stolen earlier in a fare dispute.

The cab company said it began when the man was upset with his fare. The driver felt threatened, got out of the car and that's when the passenger allegedly climbed into the driver's seat and drove off.

The cab ran a red light at Lawrence Avenue and struck a pickup truck before flipping over and crashing into a Ford Escape. This sent the Ford into a pole, according to police.

A 60-year-old father and 39-year-old daughter were in the Ford.

Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to reach the man. He was taken to hospital but later died.

The woman suffered traumatic, life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition.

The 42-year-old man from the pickup truck was also taken to hospital with what appeared to be minor injuries.

Daniel Thiffault witnessed the aftermath.

"We go over to the taxi driver, ask if he's okay," Thiffault said. "He says he's okay, reaches into the side passenger door and just leaves."

The driver of the stolen cab suffered minor injuries. He fled the scene but was arrested nearby.

A previously published version of this story contained details that have been removed.

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