Was Army driver after liquor?

By Priyath Wijewardena

The Police were ordered on Thursday to ascertain from hospital records whether an Army driver involved in a fatal accident was under the influence of liquor at the time, when the inquest in question was held by Colombo City Coroner Edward Ahangama.

In the accident at Bambalapitiya on December 30 last year Major Darshana Boyagane, aged 34, was killed and five others injured. The Coroner ordered that the case be transferred to the Magistrate’s Court after the information is obtained from the Police.

J Jagoda, the driver of the vehicle had been driving from Dehiwala to Colombo Fort after a party. The accident occurred when the driver had seen a pedestrian dart across the pedestrian crossing from the land side to the sea side, Police said.

Upon seeing the pedestrian the driver had applied the brakes causing his vehicle to veer, with a tyre hitting the concrete median and the vehicle turning turtle after being dragged along the road for around 13 metres, finally coming to a stop when it hit a building on the sea side.

The police officer C. Ratnayake who went at around 2.15 a.m. to the scene to investigate found an injured person in the car screaming in pain. Four other persons were thrown on both sides of the vehicle.

Trap gun meant for wildboar hits farmer

A farmer died of an injury sustained from a trap gun , which his neighbor had set up to kill wild boar in his farmland in Anuradhapura.

The victim’s son Senadeera Wijerathnathunga told City Coroner Edward Ahangama that the neighbour P.D Weerasingha, had placed the gun in his father’s property despite warnings not to do so.

On being hit by the trap gun the victim was first admitted to the Rambewa Hopsital. From there he was transferred to the National Hospital in Colombo where his condition got worse.

Coroner Ahangama delivered a verdict of homicide and directed police to conduct further investigations. He said the victim had died of complications arising from Scepticaemia (life threatening infection) from the injuries.

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