Dalai Lama Nephew Killed in Florida

Jigme Norbu struck by car after setting off on 300-mile odyssey
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 15, 2011 1:40 AM CST
Updated Feb 15, 2011 4:30 AM CST
Jigme Norbu, nephew of the Dalai Lama,holds up a photo of the Dalai Lama at a rally for Tibet in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,File)

(Newser) – The nephew of the Dalai Lama was killed after being struck by a car as he walked along a Florida highway during a 300-mile march to raise awareness for Tibetan independence. Jigme K. Norbu, 45, was hit by an SUV last night as he set off on a "Walk for Tibet" from St. Augustine to West Palm Beach. Norbu, the son of the Dalai Lama's late brother, had done similar walks on other occasions. His Florida walk marked the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule that ended with his uncle's exile. The driver was not charged in the accident on the unlit road, reports AP.

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