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Speeding vehicle kills two
by Jayantha de Silva

City Coroner Edward Ahangama who held the inquest into the death of two persons due to a road accident on Thursday (7) ordered the four-wheel drive vehicle involved in the accident to be examined by the Examiner of Motor Vehicles and the suspect driver, Ukwathage Buddika Chaminda Perera, warded in the hospital, to be produced at the next inquest date on October 6.

The deceased were identified as Hapanpeligedara Premaratne (54) and Manivelu Mariappan (25) of Agarapatana.

Giving evidence at the inquest, witness Dilum Lalantha Amaradivakara said that on the day of the incident about 2.30 pm, six persons were in the Jeep which was travelling from Bambalapitiya towards Wellawatte. Witness said that he observed the driver holding on to the steering wheel of the speeding vehicle in a bid to gain control. But the vehicle lost control, witness added.

As a result, several passengers including the witness were thrown off, he said. The mishap caused two deaths and in addition five persons sustained injuries, he said.

PS 27681 Pathirana assisted in the inquest.

 

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