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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 check-up.

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 programme.

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.

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