A police probe is on concerning a minister's son who had allegedly knocked down a motorcyclist with his Prado, causing the latter to break his leg and a rib at Park Street Junction on Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha early this morning (18).
In a bid to hush-up the accident, the driver of the vehicle had offered Rs.350,000 to the victim, without informing the police, soon after the accident.
According to the police, the minister’s son had reportedly driven the white Prado V8 at high speed from the Town Hall junction along Dharmapala Mawatha and taken a sharp turn into Park Street.
The motorcyclist who had come from Kollupitiya and was heading towards the Town Hall had been struck from the side by the turning Prado. The motorcycle bearing the registration number BEC 6735 had been extensively damaged.
The 21-year-old rider identified as Mohamed Risan Riyaf of Keselwatta had been rushed to the National Hospital, Colombo in a critical condition. He is being treated for a broken leg and rib and injuries on his face.
The rider was a part of a group of people who had visited the Viharamahadevi Park on Saturday night and was reportedly riding the motorcycle up and down Dharmapala Mawatha.
The accident had occurred at around 1.30 am when the minister’s son was reportedly returning from a nightclub near the Town Hall with some friends. As soon as the accident occurred the two parties had come to a settlement and agreed not to not to go to the police.
The minister’s son had immediately paid Rs.100,000 to the owner of the motorbike who was present at the scene and promised to pay him Rs.250,000 more, and left his Australian Driver’s Licence with the latter as security.
The driver and passengers of the Prado had left soon after; leaving the Prado and the keys at the scene. When a mobile motorcycle patrol of Cinnamon Gardens Police arrived there at around 2.20 am only the motorcyclist's friends had been present.
Police had taken both vehicles into custody and recorded statements from the motorcyclist’s friends. Police had later traced the Prado’s owner.
A man claiming to be the driver of the Prado had surrendered to the Cinnamon Gardens Police at around 11.00 am yesterday and given a statement.
However, the suspect had also surrendered to the police at around 3.00 pm and reportedly said in a statement that he had had to leave the scene in order to take the victim to hospital.
He had reportedly told the police that his Sri Lankan Driver’s Licence was not with him when he surrendered to the police.
Police did not rule out the possibility that the minister’s son had been under the influence of liquor at the time of the accident. But this could not be verified as he had not surrendered to the police until much later in the day.(Kurulu Koojana Kariyakarawana)
In the Middle East a Prado is a common mans car, A Land Cruiser is the top of the range V8.
piyal Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:54 AM
This article has victim's full name, bike registration number, and the city he lives but nothing about the suspect.Do these so called journalists have balls to disclose the name of that culprit, his vehicle number and father's name??? I guess you are not paid for that!!!
Jude Monday, 19 December 2016 08:40 AM
Yet another accident by politoco or family!!??
SAM Monday, 19 December 2016 09:16 AM
Same shit different day.
R.Sunthar. Monday, 19 December 2016 09:25 AM
Claim for impunity is becoming or assuming epidemic proportions leaving it's closet.
Why?! Monday, 19 December 2016 10:13 AM
why does everyone in Sri Lanka think that a land cruiser V8 is a prado via DM iOS App
Le Truth Monday, 19 December 2016 10:18 AM
In a few weeks we might be told that the biker had rammed into the Prado and the minister's is absolutely an angel
Rasheed Monday, 19 December 2016 10:37 AM
Because they wanted to settle the case unofficially .
Ashok Monday, 19 December 2016 11:44 AM
Any Fine applicable??? if so How Much???
Arnold Monday, 19 December 2016 11:56 AM
When politicians of ALL sides are corrupt like this revolts happen.
taos Thursday, 22 December 2016 12:42 PM
No fines for the rulers. only the ruled!
Ramsay Monday, 19 December 2016 12:56 PM
According to IGP law can be bended if need be....jungle law supersedes obligation
Kaboos Monday, 19 December 2016 01:00 PM
Same old drugs with different labels
Mr Citizen Monday, 19 December 2016 01:03 PM
At least former president saved the country for our children and also developed it with at least loans..
Dayawathie Thursday, 22 December 2016 04:05 PM
I totally agree with you Piyal.
sathi Monday, 19 December 2016 03:28 PM
Days for this government are numbered...change is going to come soon than we thought
Dayawathie Monday, 19 December 2016 03:53 PM
This culprit got an Australian Driving Licence and he must be living in Australia. In Australia he must be working in a service station or cleaning offices/ toilets and come here and show off his power. In Australia he is another black so and so and not even admitted to some night clubs.
Veda mama Monday, 19 December 2016 04:04 PM
Yes, Our law has two phases. One for the Ordinary Citizen and the other for the Influential Upper Class Citizens.
Bala Sunday, 18 December 2016 10:29 PM
Why was he not taken to the Police Station last night itself and check if he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Why this morning ??? So nothing chnges in this country.
Jonson Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:17 PM
law free driving on a duty free vehicle via DM Android App
TONY Sunday, 18 December 2016 11:26 PM
HOW THESE PARLIAMENTARIANS SPOIL THEIR BRATS
shawn Monday, 19 December 2016 02:25 AM
Number plates hidden from the public
chamaree Monday, 19 December 2016 06:20 PM
Kurulu Koojana, you reveal the name and the age of the victim. In all fairness, you should have included the name of the driver, and may be the name of the minister. It's not fair journalism.of course how many ministers we have, no one can guess the name. You want to show you act to the public yet your are in their side. Disappointing!
perera Monday, 19 December 2016 07:41 PM
i would just break the bastards legs. natural justice prevails.
Don Monday, 19 December 2016 05:04 AM
Medical report for driving under any influence The police is not there to protect VIPs when they commit crimes. via DM Android App
Gamaya Monday, 19 December 2016 05:09 AM
Why is the law different in case of a politicians son.Why not name him?
Cyril Monday, 19 December 2016 07:19 AM
Why is there no number plate visible at the rear of the vehicle, if it a state minister he should have a normal number plate corruption even at state level is very high, why has the police let the number plate to be removed
Henry Monday, 19 December 2016 07:49 AM
Why can't you disclose the name of the culprit ... RTI ?
C.K.Lankaputhra. Monday, 19 December 2016 07:52 AM
Now only seems there is respect to law.
Nimal Tuesday, 20 December 2016 12:39 AM
This is nothing new in our Darmadeepaya.
lion Monday, 19 December 2016 08:00 AM
what a pathetic state our country is in.We have chased a man and his family who took our country to ransom and was doing what ever he wanted.Sadly the same thing is happening now under this regime too.President son had a brawl in a night club this brought to our mind Malaka of Marvin Silva the goons of the previous regime.President said to investigate the involvement of his son but to date nothing has happened.Every other day we see the accidents involving children of politicians using brand new vehicles given to them from tax payers money.When people are struggling to make ends meet theses blood suckers are sucking the blood of our poor nation.Where is JVP are they too taking that 1 lack which was refused by Ranjan Ramanayaka.
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