Tom Maynard, the late Surrey cricketer who died after being hit by a London Underground train last June, had taken illicit drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, prior to his death.

The inquest into the 23-year-old's death at Westminister Coroner's Court, sitting in Westminster Council Annex, returned an accidental death verdict and confirmed toxicology tests on his body showed a high level of alcohol plus cocaine and ecstasy. Maynard was approximately three times over the legal blood alcohol level.

A hair sample suggested Maynard was a regular user of cocaine in the three months of his life and he had taken the substance "within the last day or so" before he died.

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Maynard died in June

Maynard was killed by a live rail before a District Line train hit him on 18 June last year.

It had been thought Maynard might have been trying to escape police shortly before his death, after officers tried to pull over a black Mercedes which was being driven "erratically" an hour before Maynard's body was found on the tracks.

Police evidence stated they were in the Wimbledon area looking for youths on mopeds suspected of trying to steal cars when they saw Maynard in his Mercedes. Their instinct was that the car had been stolen due to the speed it was being driven at, but later found no drugs in the vehicle.

Maynard's girlfriend, Cary Brown, was in attendance along with the all-rounder's Surrey teammates Rory Hamilton-Brown, Gareth Batty and Jade Dernbach.

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Maynard's girlfriend, Carly Baker, arrives at Westminster Council Annex

A letter written by Maynard's father, former Glamorgan cricketer Matthew, confirmed his son had no history of depression. Another letter from Surrey physio Alex Tysone described a young man who had "all the looks and talent on earth without an arrogant bone in his body".

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  • Sussex v Surrey - LV County Championship

    HORSHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Tom Maynard of Surrey walks off after his dismissal during day 4 of the LV= County Championship match between Sussex and Surrey at Horsham Cricket Club on June 9, 2012 in Horsham, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Warwickshire - LV County Championship

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Tom Maynard of Surrey picks up some runs during day two of the LV County Championship division one match between Surrey and Warwickshire at The Kia Oval on May 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Somerset - Clydesdale Bank Pro40

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Tom Maynard of Surrey in action during the Clydesdale Bank Pro40 match between Surrey and Somerset at The Kia Oval on May 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

  • Surrey CCC Photocall

    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Tom Maynard of Surrey poses for a pictures during the Surrey CCC photocall at The Kia Oval on March 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits

    LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Tom Maynard of England in action during an ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits session at the National Cricket Performance Centre on November 17, 2011 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

  • ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits

    LOUGHBOROUGH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Tom Maynard of England in action during an ECB England Performance Programme Training and Portraits session at the National Cricket Performance Centre on November 17, 2011 in Loughborough, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Sussex - Clydesdale Bank 40 Semi Final

    LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Tom Maynard of Surrey hits out during the Clydesdale Bank 40 Semi Final match between Surrey and Sussex at The Kia Oval on September 4, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

  • Surrey v Kent - Friends Life T20

    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Tom Maynard of Surrey hits out during the Friends Life T20 match between Surrey and Kent at The Kia Oval on July 14, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Tom Maynard death

    File photo dated 9/5/2012 of Surrey cricketer Tom Maynard who has died after he was hit by a District Line train on the London Underground in the early hours of this morning, sources said.

Edwina Currie outraged some Twitter users:


Edwina Currie
“@CourtNewsUK: Tom Maynard abandoned his Mercedes with the engine still running,Blackberry logged in to his Facebook page” Darwinism at work