Dalai Lama's nephew killed on US highway walk

February 15, 2011 18:09

PALM COAST, Florida — The Dalai Lama's nephew was killed along a Florida coastal highway during one of his long treks to bring awareness to the Tibetan struggle for independence from China, officials said.

Jigme K. Norbu was hit after dark Monday on the side of the unlit highway by a vehicle driven by a father with his 5-year-old son. The Highway Patrol accident report said Norbu, 45, was walking on the white line in the same direction as traffic, on the southbound side of a state highway that runs the length of the state's Atlantic coast.

Police released few other details. Norbu, who lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and was active in a Tibetan rights group there, had started with others Monday on a Valentine's Day "Walk for Tibet" meant to cover some 300 miles (500 kilometers) from St. Augustine south to West Palm Beach, according to his group, Ambassadors For World Peace.

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