Train death cricketer high on drugs

Cricketer Tom Maynard was widely tipped as a future England international

Cricketer Tom Maynard was widely tipped as a future England international

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A county cricketer was electrocuted on a railway line before being struck by train as he attempted to flee police after driving while on a cocktail of drink and drugs, an inquest has heard.

Tom Maynard, who had been widely tipped as a future England international, was found near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District line shortly after 5am on Monday, June 18 last year.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman was electrocuted after stepping on a live track before his lifeless body was hit by a train, causing him to die from multiple injuries, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

He had earlier been stopped by police nearby after his black Mercedes was seen driving erratically, but the sports star fled the vehicle, leaving his keys in the ignition.

A post-mortem examination showed he was nearly four times the legal limit to drive and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy in the form of MDMA after a night out with his two flatmates in Wandsworth, south London. Tests on hair samples indicated Maynard may have been a regular drug user up to three-and-a-half months before his death, the inquest heard.

Forensic pathologist Dr Simon Poole told the inquest jury that Mr Maynard suffered burns to his feet, ankles and shin which were consistent with injuries suffered by skin touching live railway tracks. It was not possible to say, however, whether electrocution or the impact with the train caused Mr Maynard's death, he added.

Post-mortem tests indicted high levels of alcohol in his urine, as well as the presence of MDMA, cocaine and the compound cocaethylene, the inquest heard.

In a statement, Dr Rosa Cordero said analysis of hair samples showed positive results for the presence of MDMA and cocaine levels between 8.7 and 10 nanograms per milligram, which matched some daily users of the drug.

Maynard, who came through the ranks at Glamorgan, earned himself a place on the England Lions tour to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the start of last year. The Cardiff-born cricketer was the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard.

The Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into Maynard's death. It said pursuing officers lost sight of him after he made off on foot and had no further contact with him. About 50 minutes passed between the start of the police chase and Maynard being hit by the train. British Transport Police said the death was treated as "non-suspicious".

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