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US 'peace cyclist' killed by Russian drunk driver

Published on Jul 25, 2014 11:11 PM

MOSCOW (AFP) - An American "peace ambassador" travelling around the world on his bicycle was run over and killed by a Russian drunk driver in a hit-and-run accident, officials said Friday.

Ron McGerity, a 60-year-old who had travelled 120,000 kilometres over the past 15 years on his bike visiting 61 countries with a message of peace, died on Thursday on a country road in central Russia.

Police in the Ivanovo region said they have arrested a man who was driving a truck while drunk, and who fled the scene without stopping after killing McGerity.

McGerity, an American who had been living in Geneva, has been a solo cyclist bringing "peaceful and spiritual civic messages" to different corners of the globe since 1998, a mission that started as a charity project, said his website Biker on the Road (http://bikerontheroad.com) Since the beginning of the year, he travelled through Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, among other countries, but his trips have also taken him as far as Japan and South Korea.

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