manSaudi scholar Sheikh Hamza Al-Damasi was killed yesterday when he was run over by a car while trying to remove a pipe from the middle of the road.

Hamza, accompanied by his friend, was heading for the central town of Unaizah when he saw a pipe and asked to stop the car, local newspapers reported.

Though his friend refused at first, the Sheikh insisted on getting out of the car and picking up the pipe.

As he stepped out of the vehicle and tried to remove the pipe,  a passing car knocked him over and killed him instantly.