Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Man dies in Peruvian challenge

Peter Buckley, 25, died while taking part in the Mototaxi Junket fundraising adventure in Peru

A 25-year-old engineer has been killed in a road accident while on a charity adventure challenge in the Andes.

Peter Buckley, originally from Courtnacuddy, Borovale, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, died when the three-wheeler converted motorcycle he was on crashed in Peru.

He had been competing with childhood friend Eamonn O'Leary in the 2,000km Mototaxi Junket and several other friends when he was killed.

The crash happened on Saturday evening, Irish time, in mountainous terrain near the city of Huancayo.

Organisers of the trip, The Adventurists, said it was the first death in seven editions.

"The Adventurists are deeply saddened to announce the death of a participant," they said. "Our sympathies and thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased at this incredibly difficult time."

No other vehicles, either Mototaxi Junket teams or other road users, were involved in the accident, the organisers said.

In a brief statement, Mr Buckley's parents Eamonn and Mary said their engineer son died as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

"He was part of a group of eight friends doing a 'Mototaxi Junket' from Cuzco to Piura in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK and Practical Action," they said. Along with his team-mate teacher Mr O'Leary, the pair had raised about £4,000.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been liaising with the Buckley family as plans for repatriation are finalised. Mr Buckley had been living and working in Edinburgh. He is survived by his parents and four brothers and four sisters, and girlfriend Clare.

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