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Fatal quad bike accident may result in criminal charges, say Maldives police


A couple on honeymoon have been killed in a quad bike accident on holiday in the Maldives.

The couple from Halifax in West Yorkshire died on Saturday (06/08/11) when their quad bike crashed into a tree at 4am, as they were being driven back to their holiday villa at the Kuredu Island Resort and Spa.

It is believed the unnamed driver of the quad bike was not a member of the hotel staff, but was described as a ‘long-term guest’, who was thought to be a foreign national in a relationship with a member of the hotel staff. He was seriously injured in the quad bike accident and was taken to hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

Police are waiting to question him about the quad bike accident and specialist detectives have travelled to Kuredu from the Maldives’ capital, Male.

The couple, both in their 20s, had married on 30 July in Ripponden and have a six-month-old son, who was not on holiday with his parents. He is being cared for by his grandparents in the UK.

The couple had been found by the roadside following the crash and a spokesman for the police in Maldives, Ahmed Shiyam, said:

“What we know so far is that they were being driven back to their room at around 4am on Saturday when their quad vehicle was involved in an accident. It appears that their vehicle crashed into a tree and they suffered fatal injuries.

“We have a full team of officers investigating the tragic deaths of this couple.”

Four-wheeled quad bikes are used by the hotel to transport guests around the island and the resort’s golf course. The police spokesman added that it was ‘too soon’ to say whether the quad bike was being driven too fast or what might have caused the accident.

“At this stage, we are sure that this was an accident,’ he said. “However, we continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident and our officers will establish exactly what happened in the moments before the crash.

“It is too soon to say whether the vehicle was travelling too quickly or to comment on who might have been responsible. At this stage all causes of action remain open to us and we cannot rule out criminal proceedings in the future.”

The families of the couple are said to be too upset to comment on the tragedy.

The Foreign Office has confirmed the deaths of British nationals in the Maldives. A spokesman said:

“We are aware of the deaths of two British Nationals on 6 August, 2011.

“Our thoughts are with the families at this sad time. We are providing consular assistance and liasing with both the police and the local authorities.”

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Dated: 02/12/2011