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Rob Ramage barely reacted to deadly crash: paramedic

Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Rob Ramage barely reacted when told his best friend had just died in the passenger seat beside him in a horrific car crash.

Former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rob Ramage barely reacted when told his best friend had just died in the passenger seat beside him in a horrific car crash.

In fact, Ramage didn't seem to realize that the former Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Keith Magnuson had been riding with him the day of the accident until a paramedic told him en route to hospital that Magnuson was dead, according to testimony heard Tuesday in a Newmarket, Ont., courtroom.

"Look after my passenger, my buddy Gary Leeman," firefighter Don Wagg of Vaughan, Ont., quoted Ramage as sayingto him just before he was freed from his crushed vehicle.

Leeman, a former Maple Leafs teammate, had been with him earlier in the day.

Ramage told the jury hewas also surprised to hear he had been driving the rented Chrysler Intrepid when it crossed a centre line and slammed head-on into a westbound Nissan Pathfinder in the Dec. 15, 2003, collision in Woodbridge, Ont.

"He let out a sigh … It was nothing dramatic," Yorkparamedic Christopher Arnott testified Tuesday, describing Ramage's response after another paramedic had told him Magnuson was dead.

Ramage, 48, has pleaded not guilty to five criminal charges in the crash that also injured Michelle Pacheco, the Pathfinder's driver.

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