Speedy Knock: Kusal Mendis under arrest after being involved in a fatal road accident.

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Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis was arrested by the police following a road accident which resulted in the death of a 64-year-old man. 

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Mendis’ SUV, which is currently under the custody of the police allegedly hit a bicycle at around 5 AM  in the Horethuduwa area in Panadura, south of Colombo. The victim was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way.

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The player will now appear in front of a magistrate in the next 48-hours following a medical examination by a doctor. There has been no statement from the 25-year-old player regarding the incident.

The North Police have confirmed that the deceased victim was a native of the Gorakapola area in Panadura. A spokesperson for the North Police SSP Jaliya Senaratne confirmed the arrest of the cricketer and made a subsequent statement. The statement had no mention of whether alcohol was involved or not.

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Mendis was allowed to legally venture out as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions have now been eased in the island nation. The batsman was a part of the residential training camp at Pallekele, which ended on Wednesday.

This is not the first instance in Sr Lankan cricket that a player has been involved in a fatal car crash. Former spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi served a four-year jail sentence after crashing his car in 2003 onto a woman which resulted in her death.

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