A cyclist from Chile, who was attempting to bike around the world, has died in a traffic accident in northeast Thailand.

According to Associated Press, 47-year-old Juan Francisco Guillermo was hit by a pickup truck on the notoriously dangerous highway in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Guillermo had begun his round-the-world challenge in November 2010 and was on course to complete the Guinness World Record attempt in November this year.

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He was cycling with his wife and two-year-old son when the accident occurred, with the driver of the truck arrested on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was released on bail.

“It was an accident caused by the driver’s recklessness. The road was straight and the cyclist was in his own lane,” said police Col Torsak Thammingmongkol.

The driver could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Guillermo was attempting to cycle 250,000km on five continents in five years and was just nine months from completing the feat.

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    Dude, if you’ve lived in Thailand for 6 years now, then you shouldn’t even be fazed by post-accident photos anymore. Hardly a day goes by there without at least one or two really graphic photos of murder or accident victims appearing the front page of the newspapers in Bangkok. 😛 At least they arrested the driver… had that happened here in the USA the dude wouldn’t even get charged with anything.

  • A British couple were also killed last year whilst riding on a Tandem near Bangkok. They were on a world trip too. This says so much about the attitudes in Thailand. I have lived here for 6 years and find the Thais, as a rule, racist, xenophobic and quite dishonest. Now I have to deal with the Thai Cycling Association: Why does the UCI allow them to charge foreign residents FIVE TIMES as much for a UCI licence as charged to Thai people. Can you imagine the uproar in the UK (etc) if that were to happen there. I have refused to pay. So no UCI licence for me. Sorry, off topic, but another opportunity to air this grievance and to say that I find Thailand as safe as the UK for cycling and that you get idiots everywhere. I am so sorry for this poor man and his family especially after the Thais posted lurid post-accident pictures on their Facebooks. RiP Juan.