Driver arrested after 2 die in Gumball Rally
- 7th May 2007, 9:50am
Hospital officials in Skopje said that the elderly wife of a man killed in the accident had also died.
Nicholas Morley was charged with endangering traffic and abandoning an accident victim. He was released from custody on Friday after posting bail. Authorities said they stopped Morley at an airport hours later as he was preparing to board a private jet.
Police said Morley and Matthew McConvile were driving a Porsche 911 on the 3,000-mile race across Europe. They were heading to Albania.
The rest of the rally, based on the 1970s road trip movie, was cancelled as a mark of respect for the victims. The race started in London, and was set to wind through 16 countries before ending in London.
"We are very saddened by what has happened and feel that it would be wrong to continue," race founder Maximillion Cooper said in a statement. "On behalf of Gumball 3000, we once again extend our deepest sympathies to his family and we are doing everything we can for them.
"This is the first time anything like this has happened in 9 years of travelling through over 40 countries with thousands of drivers."
The death of the couple has drawn nationwide sympathy. The couple's son died of a heart attack a year ago, and their daughter is seriously ill.
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