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Colombo, April 24 (Daily Mirror) - The Bandarawela Magistrate's Court today granted bail to the two drivers involved in the fatal crash during the Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 at Diyatalawa.

The Magistrate ordered their release on surety bail of Rs. 100,000 each. The drivers had been arrested while receiving treatment in the hospital on April 22 and were remanded by the Bandarawela Magistrate on the same day.

The tragic incident on Sunday (April 21) claimed the lives of seven people, including an 8-year-old girl, and left more than 23 injured when a car veered off the track during a race and collided with spectators. Among the deceased were four event officials acting as flag marshals, with the others identified as spectators.

The crash occurred shortly after another car overturned on the track, leading to another car veering off and hitting spectators along the unguarded trackside.

Following the accident, the two drivers were arrested and remanded till April 30 on the orders of the Bandarawela Magistrate's Court.

Attorneys-at-Law Parinda Weerasinghe and Sanjeewa Wijesekera who appeared on behalf of the two drivers involved in the fatal crash said the racers met with that unfortunate incident as they competed with the intention of winning the race,

They further said that the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act or the Criminal Procedure Code do not apply to motor vehicle competitions.

Diyatalawa police officers who appeared on behalf of the aggrieved party said that a group of people have been aggrieved by the fatal accident that occurred in the motor vehicle race, and that this fatal motor vehicle accident has occurred due to careless and dangerous driving.

  Comments - 15

  • Sri Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:00 PM

    Completely laughable. The organisers go scott free and the drivers are arrested.

    Sambo Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:21 PM

    Is this the fault of the drivers or setup of the spectator positions.

    G D Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:00 PM

    This was a motor race. How can the drivers be blamed? Silly Cops! Get the organisers to answer. Also will not the dictum "Volenti non fit injuria" apply?

    Diyatalawa police officers are failures Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:24 PM

    Diyatalawa police officers are incompetent. What do they know about law, what is going with prosecution supporting the mad claims of Diyatalawa police officers. Maybe the Diyatalawa police officers need to be sent to police academy not bullying and making up false accusations. Fault is totally with Army builders of the race course and the organisers. The Diyatalawa police officers have to be held accountable for their trying to ignore the real culprits too.

    Like Driving with Eyes Closed Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:55 PM

    These 2 drivers were forced by the organisers to drive on a dusty track and were not told to stop when the 1st car overturned. So don’t blame the drivers but the blame the organisers. It’s like driving with your eyes closed like how the current politicians are running the country.

    Rip Winkle Wednesday, 24 April 2024 09:58 PM

    If the Bank magistrate had a brain, he would have ordered the two drivers released immediately and chastised the cops for arresting them. But, this is Sri Lanka where everything is crooked, twisted and upside down.

    Can’t Comprehend the Educated Citizens Thursday, 25 April 2024 04:17 AM

    Totally agree and it’s acceptable even with educated people of SL too. Can’t comprehend at times as how they can keep on voting most of these same old politicians who weren’t and aren’t doing anything for the country over the years.

    A Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:51 PM

    What A joke.. Sri lanka Police

    Gabriella Thursday, 25 April 2024 01:20 AM

    Damn right ! It was dangerous driving. The state of the track and safety precautions dictated that the race speed should have been limited to 40 kmh.

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 April 2024 10:35 AM

    Dangerous driving? Damn wrong. Dangerous organising and marshalling? Damn right. Speed limited to 40kmph? Damn stupid. Your comment? Damn ridiculous.

    Jeanne Thursday, 25 April 2024 03:51 AM

    Gives a whole new meaning to the term brain drain. We are sadly left with these clowns who are allowed to run this country. Why the hell are you arresting the drivers? It's the organisers and the race marshals who need to be arrested, charged and thrown into prison.

    Joshua Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:34 AM

    they shouldn't have been driving at more than 50 km per hour as it was city limits. Ha ha.... a country of fools

    Nimal Thursday, 25 April 2024 06:43 AM

    Now the matter will be swept under the carpet and the organizers who are responsible for this horrendous carnage and loss of innocent lives will go scot free. This is how the law is implemented in this country.

    Land of clowns Thursday, 25 April 2024 07:23 AM

    It is no wonder such a stupid thing was done by Sri Lanka policy. Anyone who has an ounce of brain would understand that the organizers should be held responsible for this tragedy. Drivers must be presented fora blood check if they were under any sort of influence. If not, this is hilarious that general traffic rules don't apply in an official car race. If the vedio footage is properly investigatigated, it would reveal that organizers had not given a dime in ensuring the safety of spectators and drivers. This is a wonderful country.

    Inshi Thursday, 25 April 2024 08:02 AM

    Rules relating to racing have to be strictly adhered to and obeyed by all the drivers, riders, organisers and spectators. Accidents are bound to happen in racing but the damage can be minimum if all the precaution is taken. Make it mandatory for a thorough inspection of track and stands before and during the races. Hold the organisers responsible for any failure.

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