The driver who was arrested over the accident in which a student was killed and eleven others were injured when a double cab ran over them at Aralaganwila had been charged with murder, Police said today.
A 16-year-old student was killed and 11 others aged between 14 and 16 years were injured when a cab travelling from Dehiattakandiya to Aralaganwila crashed into a group of students returning from a private class at Bogas Junction in Aralaganwila around 3.00 p.m. on Sunday.
Director Police Legal Division SSP Ruwan Gunasekara said the driver was produced in the Polonnaruwa Magistrate’s Court and was remanded till August 24.
He said the breathalyser test and the JMO report confirmed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.
He said the police also sought the Attorney General’s instructions over the incident and that the driver will be charged with murder and attempted murder.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratna said that this was the third incident where a driver was charged with murder.
The first case was at Kirinda last month where three police officers who were on duty at a roadblock on the Matara-Hakmana Road were run over by a tipper truck, killing a police constable.
The second case was at Nugegoda where a soldier was killed when a bus crashed into an army cab on the Nugegoda flyover.
Earlier, the Police said that cases would be filed against drivers for fatal accidents due to negligence and reckless driving, after consulting the Attorney General.
They said section 294 of the Penal Code has clear provision to file murder charges against such individuals.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)
COLOMBO CITIZEN Monday, 10 August 2020 05:37 PM
At last some justice. Actually they must be hanged.
Lal Monday, 10 August 2020 05:46 PM
WHAT ABOUT KUSUL MENDIS AND AVISKA FERNANDO ???? Nothing no any checks. Chapter closed by ONE MILLION RUPEES
Warren Raed Tuesday, 11 August 2020 01:03 PM
It took so many deaths to convince a government to implement death penalty for reckless driving and killing someone. This shows to poor mentality of a government and its policy makers in a country. Such penalties should have been implemented long long ago.
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