CASE LAW - R v Chisholm
This is a tragic case where a rear end collision resulted in the death of a taxi driver and severe burns to his passenger when the taxi caught fire post collision. The events that led up to the taxi being rear ended are no doubt common in every day traffic here in British Columbia, but in this case did not end in a near miss. The young man responsible was distracted by operating his stereo or air conditioning, even after observing the taxi in front of him to have been driven erratically. The inattention resulted in the crash when the taxi stopped and was not noticed until too late. The charge was driving without due care and attention under section 144(1)(a) of the Motor Vehicle Act.