A man attempted to revive former Australia cricketer Andrew Symonds after he crashed his car in Queensland over the weekend, Australian media stated Monday.
After a single-car accident late Saturday near Townsville, Queensland, the all-rounder and two-time World Cup winner died at the age of 46.
Waylon Townson, a local resident, told the Nine Network that he was the first on the scene after hearing about the crash.
“He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out,” he told Nine.
“(I) started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn’t get much response from him.”
Symonds, the car’s lone occupant, was also revived by emergency personnel, but he died of his injuries, according to authorities.
Symonds’ four-wheel-drive car drifted off the road before rolling down an embankment for reasons unknown.
Symonds’ death came when Australian cricket was still mourning the loss of all-time greats Rod Marsh and Shane Warne, who died in March.
Between 1998 and 2009, Symonds was a swashbuckling batter and a great fielder for Australia, appearing in 238 internationals, including 26 tests.
Former players remembered him as a rare talent and a maverick who butted heads with team management over discipline issues, prompting plaudits from around the cricketing world.
“Roy (Symonds) was never perfect, that was for sure, and he never admitted that he was,” former Australia coach John Buchanan told ABC radio on Monday.
“But the one thing about Roy – and one of the things that I think endeared him to most people – was that even though he made a mistake, he would openly admit that and try to rectify that and take full accountability for that.”
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