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Notice issued on lorry driver

Colombo Additional Magistrate Chandana Kalansooriya issued notice yesterday on a lorry driver who was involved in an accident where one person was killed and a Lake House employee severely injured.

“The lorry owner failed to appear before court and a case will be filed against him for employing a person who does not possess a driving license,” Police informed the court.

The owner of the lorry is D.A. Perera, a resident of No 208, Chilaw road, Negombo. Police further informed court that the lorry involved in the accident has been used over for 25 years and was not roadworth.

“The brakes in the lorry were faulty at the time of the accident,” it was also revealed.

The lorry was transporting vegetables last Thursday,(January 4) from the Manning Market. The lorry is reported to have left the market around 9.00 a.m. and proceeded along D.R.Wijewardene Mawatha on its way to Maradana.The brakes had failed and the driver has attempted to park the vehicle near the pavement but failed. The lorry hit the Lake House worker Sugath Priyantha, a resident of Wanaluwawa, who had just got down from a 120 route bus.

The lorry had also hit another person (an accountant by profession) walking on the pavement who succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was Sathadewan Ilangakoon, a resident of Dehiwala.

Police arrested the lorry driver,a 67-year-old temporary worker. Fort Traffic Police is investigating.