Sri Lanka cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara arrested and released on bail over fatal crash

Nuwan Kulasekara was on a highway when a motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction hit a barrier and crashed into his vehicle.

By: Agencies | Colombo | Updated: September 20, 2016 2:01 pm
nuwan-m Sri Lanka police briefly detained Nuwan Kulasekara after a fatal crash involving his car and a motorcycle .

Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara has been arrested and released on bail after he was involved in a fatal road accident. The accident occurred Monday when the car Kulasekara was driving collided with a motorbike, killing the rider on the spot.

He was on the A-1 highway when a motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction hit a barrier dividing the lanes and crashed into the cricketer’s vehicle, police said.

“He was briefly held as part of routine investigations and released,” a police official at Kadawatha, 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of Colombo, said. “The motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries but there were no other casualties.”

The 34-year-old seam bowler last played for Sri Lanka in March in a WorldT20 game against the West Indies and had been overlooked for the tour of England and the home series against Australia that followed.

In June he announced retirement from test cricket after 21 matches to concentrate on one-day internationals and Twenty20 games.

 

Police have deployed Buddhist monks to bless dangerous roads, including the A-1, to minimise accidents.

Around 2,700 people were killed last year on Sri Lanka’s roads, with about half the victims motorcyclists.