Maynard was said to be a promising prospect for English cricket
Surrey and England Lions batsman Tom Maynard has died after being hit by a train near Wimbledon Park tube station.
Reports say that Maynard had been pulled over by police for “driving erratically” an hour before his body was found on the tracks at dawn.
According to Metropolitan Police, Maynard had ditched his black Mercedes when being pulled over and fled on foot.
A police statement that was released said: “At approx 4.15am on Monday, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19. The male driver of the vehicle – a black Mercedes C250 – made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man. At approx 5.10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station.”
A British Transport Police statement was also released, and said: “The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and was also attended by Metropolitan Police officers. London Ambulance Service medics attended but the man, believed to be 23 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Reports state that a driver on an early morning District Line train had spotted the body, but was unable to stop in time.
The news of Maynard’s death came as a huge shock to all of the England players, and during the second ODI against the West Indies at The Oval, where Maynard played for Surrey, the flags flew at half-mast in remembrance of Maynard.
A statement was also issued by Surrey, and said: “Maynard was an incredibly talented young batsman. His future potential was unlimited, with experts both inside and outside the club predicting he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours.”
Maynard, who was considered to be one of the up and coming young talents, was the son of former Glamorgan and England player Matthew Maynard.
Maynard left Glamorgan in November 2010 when his father had been removed as director of cricket there and joined Surrey to team up with his schoolmate Rory Hamilton-Brown, who had been named as the youngest captain ever to lead the side.