Off duty soldier tracks hit-and-run driver Police send letter of appreciation to Army HQ

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By 2018-01-16

Traffic Division of the Dematagoda Police, in a letter of appreciation addressed to the Director Army Training, at Army Headquarters, has commended the timely action of a soldier who voluntarily assisted to nab a driver fleeing the scene of accident, where a vendor was knocked down while crossing the road at Mount Mary Junction, along Baseline Road.

Lance Corporal M.A.N.P.T. Manathunga of 11 Sri Lanka Signal Corps (SLSC), attached to the Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters was in the Dematagoda area, close to a pedestrian crossing along Baseline Road on 12 December 2017, when around 4:15 p.m. he suddenly spotted a king coconut vendor crossing the road pushing his cart being knocked down by a speeding car, which did not stop after the accident.

The eye-witness soldier, who was on a motorbike immediately attended to the seriously injured victim, removed him to the roadside to be taken to the hospital, and took off on his motorbike chasing the car that fled after knocking down the 'Thambili' vendor. After a very challenging chase, the soldier had caught up with the fleeing car and gave its number to the Police serving near the Orugodawatta Junction.

Later Lance Corporal Manathunga had gone to the emergency ward at the Colombo National Hospital to find the victim had succumbed to injuries from the accident at Dematagoda. On his way back, Lance Corporal Manathunga visited the Dematagoda Police Station and gave Police details about the car that fled the scene, after injuring the vendor at the pedestrian crossing.
Dematagoda Police were able to arrest the errant driver on the information given by the soldier.

In their letter of appreciation, the Police point out, that personnel of this nature are "a pride to the Army and a role model to civil society," is stated in the letter to the Army.

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