Lankan dies in car while going for medical check-up
A Sri Lankan expatriate died here on Thursday at the wheel of his car
while he was going to his medical clinic for his regular monthly
Sultan Mohammed Faiz, who works for Orbit Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary
company of the Mawarid Group, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest when he
was driving on the Dhabab Street near the AlOthaim supermarket.
Faiz who lost control of his car had knocked a parked vehicle near
the supermarket. A policeman who had followed the car going zig zag had
found the driver dead behind the wheel. According to medical reports,
the death was due to severe neck and head injuries.
The police officer had taken the last dialled number from the mobile
phone of Faiz and found the whereabouts of him to inform the next of
kin. The last person with whom Faiz had a phone conversation was a
school teacher at the Sri Lankan International School in Riyadh.
Prior to his posting to the present post, Faiz, 54, was working as a
customer relations officer for Saudi Hollandi Bank for more than 15
years and his service was retrenched due to the bank’s Saudisation
In Riyadh, Faiz was involved in welfare work as a social worker. Back
home, he had served as the President of Sri Lanka Muslim Students
Federation in Colombo and had helped the community students to pursue
their higher education.
He is survived by his sons Fowzan, 19, and Fadhil, 15, Grade 10
student at the Riyadh Sri Lankan International School and wife Fazloon.
Fadhil told Daily News that his father dropped him at the school for
the cricket tournament and was going to the Olaya Medical Clinic when
the tragedy occurred.
“That was the last time I saw my father,” Fadhil said in tears.
His brother, Fawzan, an engineering student at the Colombo University
was taking the first available flight from Colombo to Riyadh to be in
time for the funeral that is scheduled to take place today.