Tom Maynard, a Surrey county cricketer, was killed by a subway train in London this morning shortly after police saw a man matching his description run from a car they had flagged down because it was being driven erratically.
Maynard, 23, son of former England and Glamorgan player Matthew Maynard, was hit by the train on the subway network near Wimbledon Park station in the southwest of the capital.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically,” Scotland Yard said in a statement. “The male driver of the vehicle – a black Mercedes C250 – made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man.
The man seen running from the car has yet to be formally identified, a police spokesman added. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a watchdog that investigates all deaths where a person has had contact with the police.
British Transport Police earlier said Maynard’s death was not being treated as suspicious and that the case would be passed to the coroner. He had played for Surrey in a Twenty20 match against Kent just hours previously, on Sunday afternoon.
His club said he was a huge talent who had the potential to follow his father into full international cricket, having already played for the England Lions, the second tier national side.