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Last Updated: Friday, 9 September 2005, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Mexico crash inquest postponed
Rebecca Owen
Rebecca Owen was a volunteer on a conservation project
An inquest due to be held into the death of a woman in a minibus crash while she was working on a conservation project in Mexico has been postponed.

Rebecca Owen, 22, from Llanfechain, near Welshpool, Powys, died in a minibus accident in February this year.

Her group had been observing bats and was returning to their accommodation when the vehicle left the road.

The inquest into Mr Owen's death was due to be held on Friday at Welshpool magistrates court but was postponed.

A new date is yet to be set for the hearing.

The accident happened in the early hours 13 February as the group of volunteers returned to La Huerta from Melaque, near Barra de Navidad, in Jalisco state, western Mexico.

Chloe Taylor, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, also died in the crash.

Conservation project

Another six Britons, a German and an Australian suffered minor injuries.

Miss Owen had been in Mexico for a few weeks as part of a nine-month trip around the world.

Map of Mexico
The minibus crash happened in western Mexico

Miss Owen, a former pupil of Moreton Hall School near Oswestry, in Shropshire, was expected to fly to Peru on 16 March to work on another conservation project protecting Inca terraces.

She was then due to fly on to Australia before returning home in September.

The group involved in the crash was travelling with gap-year specialists Teaching and Projects Abroad.

Since Miss Owen's death, her parents have set up a fund in her memory, raising thousands of pounds to help disadvantaged children in the Powys and Shropshire areas.


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