A Wimbledon glamour model has spoken of her heartbreak after her boyfriend, a promising England cricketer, was killed on the District Line tube track in Wimbledon Park.
Surrey batsmen Tom Maynard, who lived in Wandsworth, was killed after being hit by a train just after 5am yesterday, 45 minutes after being stopped in his car by police in nearby Ryfold Road.
Yesterday, the Met Police confirmed the 23-year-old had been stopped for driving his black Mercedes “erratically” in Arthur Road before he made off on foot at about 4.15am.
Police believe Mr Maynard may have been electrocuted after stepping on a high voltage rail before he was struck by the first tube on Monday morning, which left Wimbledon at 4.53am and was heading towards Southfields.
Yesterday Mr Maynard’s girlfriend, 25-year-old glamour model Carly Baker, from Wimbledon, said on Twitter: "My beautiful boyfriend Tom Maynard, I can't cope with this.
"I love you always and forever. You mean't everything to me.
"You're the most special man I have ever met. You made me the happiest girl. I love you always X.
"We will always be together. I love you Tom X."
Mr Maynard, son of former England international Matthew Maynard, was tipped as a future England star and played for Surrey, who play home matches at the Oval cricket ground in Vauxhall.
The England team, who are playing a one-day international match against West Indies today at the Oval, will wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence.
Mr Maynard’s death sparked tributes from the cricketing world, including former England captain Michael Vaughan, who said: "Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family. Words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23."
Current England international Graham Onions said: "Words can't describe how sad I am hearing the news about Tom Maynard, my thoughts are with his family and friends #RIPTom."
Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff said: "Tragic news that a great lad, Tom Maynard, is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time."
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmed it had been notified of the incident by the Metropolitan Police, whose officers searched for Mr Maynard in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A Melrose Avenue resident said she saw police with sniffer dogs in Melrose Avenue at 4.30am, while police cars patrolled Arthur Road, before the body was found at 5.03am.