Cricketer hit by train was on drugs

A coroner’s investigation has showed that a promising English cricketer had taken cocaine and ecstasy before being hit by a train and killed.

The London coroner ruled that Tom Maynard’s death in June was an accident. He was hit by a train and electrocuted on the rail track at 5 a.m. The 23-year-old batsman had fled his car an hour earlier after being stopped by police, having been out drinking with fellow cricketers. Post-mortem tests showed the presence of MDMA and cocaine in his urine.

Tests indicated that Maynard might have been a daily user of drugs in the three and half months before his death. Coroner Fiona Wilcox called on sports clubs to consider analyzing hair samples to help identify drug users.