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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 August 2006, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
Rally champion dies in 4x4 crash
Perry Roe
Perry Roe used to work for RAF Valley in Anglesey
A road rally champion and Met Office worker has been killed in a 4x4 accident on holiday in Turkey.

Perry Roe, 47, died after a vehicle overturned while he and his family were being driven in a 4x4 safari near Saklikent in the south of the country.

His wife Siriol, 41, daughter Lowri, 14, and son Sion, 12, were injured. The family live in Devon and moved from Anglesey three years ago.

Police are investigating the accident, which happened on 6 August.

Mr Roe, who had lived with his family in Ottery St Mary, was among seven British nationals in the vehicle when it crashed.

His son Sion is still being treated in a Turkish hospital.

He was a very committed to motor sport and the family he loved so much.
Bob Smale, chairman of Exeter motor club

The vehicle was part of an organised convoy.

It is understood Mr Roe's family have not returned home yet.

'Terrible tragedy'

Mr Roe, whose first name was Christopher but was widely known as Perry, worked for the Met Office's defence section in Exeter, Devon.

He previously worked at the Met Office's former headquarters in Bracknell in Berkshire and at RAF Valley in Anglesey. His parents live in Amlwch.

Tribute

Work colleagues and friends paid tribute to Mr Roe, who was a keen motor rally enthusiast and champion navigator of the Association of the South Western Motor Club.

A Met Office spokesman said: ""Perry's friends and colleagues at the Met Office are saddened by this tragic news and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family."

The chairman of Exeter Motor Club Bob Smale said rallying was Mr Roe's passion.

"He was a very committed to motor sport and the family he loved so much," he said.

"We all pray that the family will recover from this terrible tragedy."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said three other Britons had been injured in the accident and consulate officials were assisting all the families involved.




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