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Cricketer Maynard on Drugs, Alcohol When Hit by Train, Sky Says

Cricketer Maynard on Drugs, Alcohol When Hit by Train, Sky Says
Forensic tests showed English cricket player Tom Maynard, who played for county club Surrey, had cocaine and ecstasy in his system and a toxicology test showed he was nearly four times over the legal drink drive limit. Photographer: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) -- English cricket player Tom Maynard had drugs and alcohol in his system when he was hit by a London Underground train last year, Sky News reported on its website.

The 23-year-old was electrocuted by stepping on a live rail as he fled police on June 18 and was then struck by an underground train near Wimbledon Park station in June, an inquest into his death heard today, Sky said.

Forensic tests showed Maynard, who played for county club Surrey, had cocaine and ecstasy in his system and a toxicology test showed he was nearly four times over the legal drink drive limit, Sky reported.

Forensic pathologist Simon Poole told the court Maynard was hit by a train but appeared to already be unconscious, adding his injuries included “burns consistent with contact to a live train rail,” Sky said.

Maynard’s car was stopped by police at about 4:15 a.m. local time after it was seen “driving erratically,” Sky said. He then ran away and was found 55 minutes later one-half mile away on the train line, the broadcaster said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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