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Parliamentarian helps nab hit-and-run driver

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Kalutara District Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera apprehended a youth studying in an international school who was fleeing the scene in his luxury vehicle after knocking down a motorcyclist at the  Raigama junction on the Panadura Ratnapura Road, and handed him over to the Bandaragama Police.

The Police said it was confirmed that the suspect was under the influence of liquor when the accident took place during a breathalyzer test.

Parliamentarian Jayantha Samaraweera had been on his way to Horana from Bandaragama to attend a meeting in the Madurawala area. This particular vehicle driven by the young man had been travelling at break-neck speed and had overtaken several other vehicles, including the Parliamentarian’s vehicle before colliding with a motorcycle travelling in the same direction near the Raigama Pedestrian crossing.

The motorcyclist had fallen down on being hit by the speeding vehicle driven by the young man. The MP, after seeing that the vehicle had not stopped and was fleeing the scene, had informed about the incident to the Police Emergency Unit through the 119 hotline.

MP Samarweera in the meantime had told his driver to follow the speeding driver and had observed the car which had proceeded towards Pokunuvita turning to a broad. The MP had followed the vehicle and apprehended the young man.

Police Sergeant Sampath of Bandaragama Police’s Traffic Division responding to the MP’s message to the Police Emergency Call Unit, had contacted the MP and arrived at the scene and arrested the suspect and seized the vehicle.

Police investigations also revealed that the suspect had come to Bandaragama with a group of friends to watch a cricket match at an international school and was returning to Horana when the accident happened.

The person from Walallavita who was injured in the accident was admitted to the Bandaragama District Hospital.

MP Jayantha Samaraweera said “Vehicle accidents are common. Running away without even looking at the injured person is absolutely unacceptable. I thought at that time that this person should be caught somehow and handed him over to the Police,” he said.

A team of Police officers including Police Sergeant Sampath are carrying out further investigations under the guidance of Officer-In-Charge of the Bandaragama Police Chief Inspector of Police Thushara De Silva on the instructions of Senior Superintendent of Police Samantha Wedage and Assistant Superintendent of Police Upali Talagala.



Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – 01:00

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