Update - Gumball accident in Macedonia
Article from maxfax online
Gumball 3000 claimed another life in Macedonia
Skopje 2007/04/05/ 17:49
The international rally Gumball 3000 claimed the second victim today - Margarita Chepunjoska, the wife of Vladimir, who died two days ago, has passed away today in the Skopje Clinic Center.
Margarita was severely injured in the accident that took place on Wednesday, when a participant of the rally crashed his Porsche into the car driven by her husband.
British citizen Nicholas Morley was speeding in his Porsche at the Struga-Qafasan road, when it collided head-on with Chepunjoski's Golf.
Yesterday, an investigative judge of Struga Court ordered 30 days of temporary detention to Nicholas Morley. The Police filed a formal accusation against him for "heavy violation of traffic safety" and "failure to provide help to an injured person".
Macedonian police told Makfax today that no charges will be raised against his co-driver, the British citizen Matthew McConville.
Gumball 3000 - 2007 Rally Cancelled
It is with great sadness we have learned that there has been a serious and tragic incident on the Gumball Rally. We would like to sincerely express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends involved in this tragedy.
A Statement from Maximillion Cooper
Issued by Maximillion Cooper on behalf of The Gumball 3000 Rally - 21.30 / 03 May 2007
As the organisers of the rally we feel that it should be stopped as a mark of respect to Vladimir Cepulyoski who died today after an accident involving one the participating drivers.
We are very saddened by what has happened and feel that it would be wrong to continue. 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 1000's of drivers and it is with deep regret that I make this announcement.
Founder & CEO
The Gumball 3000 Group
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