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Kusal Mendis arrested for causing fatal motor accident
The 25-year-old batsman hit a 64-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis was on Sunday arrested for knocking down a pedestrian while driving, police said.

It has been reported that the accident happened when the SUV of Mendis crashed into a bicycle at around 5.15 this morning.

Mendis hit a 64-year-old man, killing him in the wee hours, in the Colombo suburb of Panadura. He is to be produced before a magistrate later today, police said.

According to police, Mendis' car crashed into the bicycle of the deceased who has been identified as a resident of Gokarella. The victim suffered serious injuries and died as he was being admitted to the hospital. The police has taken the cricketer's SUV into its custody and would investigate if he was driving under the influence.

The 25-year-old batsman has represented Sri Lanka in 44 Tests and 76 ODIs. The right-hander has scored 2995 runs at an average of 36.97 in 44 Tests and 2167 runs at an average of 30.52 in 76 ODIs. Mendis has also played 26 T20Is in which he has scored 484 runs at an average of 18.6.

Mendis was part of the national squad which had resumed training after the COVID-19 lockdown. Sri Lanka's international assignments, including a tour by India, have been cancelled due to the pandemic.

More than 3,000 people are killed annually in traffic accidents in Sri Lanka.

A former spin bowler, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, was given a four-year suspended jail sentence for crashing into a woman pedestrian and killing her in 2003.

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