Chilean cyclist's record quest ends in death in Thailand

AP News
Posted: Feb 21, 2015 11:34 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chilean cyclist's quest to bike around the world in five years has ended with his death in a road accident in northeast Thailand.

Police say the 47-year-old Juan Francisco Guillermo was hit by a pickup truck and immediately killed Saturday on a highway in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Police Col. Torsak Thammingmongkol says the driver was arrested.

According to police and accounts on social media, Guillermo was attempting to set a Guinness World Record by cycling 250,000 kilometers (155,350 miles) in five continents in five years. His journey started in November 2010 and was scheduled to end in November this year.

In 2013, a British couple on a similar round-the-world quest was killed in a road accident in eastern Thailand.