Cricketer Tom Maynard Dies in Tube Tragedy
Surrey County Cricket Club star Tom Maynard has been pronounced dead at the age of 23. The batsman played a match against Kent on Sunday, and then in the early hours of Monday, he was found on the London Underground tracks near Wimbledon Park station after being hit by a Tube train. According to police, a man fitting his description was stopped while driving erratically and then ran away from the officers.
A MPS spokesman said that a black Mercedes C250 was stopped by police around 4:15am local time on Monday for driving erratically. The male driver ran away and couldn’t be found. A man’s body fitting the same description was found at around 5:10am on the tracks near Wimbledon Park station, he added. Maynard was pronounced dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service medics. BTP say the incident was reported to them at 5:03am and isn’t being treated as suspicious. A file will be made for the coroner, it added.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the police watchdog for England and Wales, will investigate the incident. It says they were told of a man’s body being found on the tracks. Before this, MPS officers stopped a vehicle being driven by a man fitting the same description. An assessment will be held as to how involved it will be when MPS has received a formal referral, it added.
Maynard was a rising star in cricket and played for Glamorgan County Cricket Club early in his career. He had earned a place on the England Lions tour to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh earlier in the year.