Hollioake, girlfriend were returning from party

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2002, 19:42 [IST]
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Perth: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) said it was believed English cricketer Ben Hollioake, who was killed in a car accident, was returning home after a birthday celebration for his girlfriend, also a passenger in his vehicle and was seriously injured.

Hollioake's car crashed through a metre-high fence and travelled about five metres across a footpath before ploughing into a brick retaining wall at the back of a block of flats after he came off a tight left-hand bend. There were no skid marks on the road. Hollioake's sister Eboni was one of the relatives travelling in a separate vehicle, which was first on the scene after the crash. Hollioake's elder brother Adam, a former One-day England captain, later released a statement. "The family is totally devastated at our tragic loss and we would ask that members of the media respect our desire to mourn our loss in private," he said. Former England coach David Lloyd, who gave Hollioake his first opportunity at international level, was stunned by the news. "You would be hard pressed to find a more popular lad anywhere in cricket," Lloyd said. "He never quite cemented his place in the England side, but there was no one who worked harder to get there. "I remember his debut at Lord's when he played so well and his parents were there to watch it and the pride on their faces while he played that innings. It's so very sad."

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