Dalai Lama's nephew dies in traffic accident
A spokesman for the Dalai Lama confirmed his nephew died after being struck by a car in Florida.
February 15th, 2011
05:25 AM ET

Dalai Lama's nephew dies in traffic accident

A nephew of the Dalai Lama died in northeast Florida Monday evening after he was hit by a car while walking along a highway.

"Yes, it is true unfortunately," said Tempa Tshering, a representative of the Dalai Lama in New Delhi, India.

Jigme Norbu, 45, was walking southbound along A1A in Flagler County when he was hit by a car allegedly driven by Keith O'Dell, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

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  1. Ali

    Florida has the worst drivers officially now.

    February 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JV

    My deepest sympathies to his holiness and their entire family for their loss.The Tibetan people have suffered a lot of loss in the past 70+ years.

    The Dalai Lama is a very kind-hearted man as are all the lamas I have ever met. I am neither Buddhist nor Tibetan, but I have deep respect for both, and I regret what they have suffered and continue to suffer.

    Those of you who have no respect, your posts say much more about you than they do about anyone or anything else.

    February 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HP

    It is a karma

    February 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HP

    I see some people feel sympathy for him here, but if you know what he & his family have done. There will be no sympathy for him.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jarre bb

    I don't think they should have publicized the person's name who hit him

    February 16, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. TibJuice

    Was he wearing the reflective coat? So sad! My prayers goes out to His Holiness and the Family. "Om Mani Pad Mein Hu"

    February 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TibJuice

    HP! What are you trying to say? Are you one of those Payed by Chinese who goes around spreading Lies about to Tibet.

    February 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Melanie

    HP, did you know this man personally? Why attack him? Just curious if you know something we don't.

    February 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Warning!!!!

    Don’t walk on the highway. This is no India.

    sad, RIP

    February 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. escopop

    Very sad when a pedestrian is struck and killed by a motor vehicle. Florida truly is one of the most unsafe states for pedestrians as it ranks as the third most deadly state (behind NM and AZ) according to the: NCSA, NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts 2001, Table 113
    Nearly 3 out of every 100,000 residents will be killed each year in Florida by a motor vehicle. Cam only imagine that the numbers might even be growing with distracted driving becoming more common place.
    DRIVE SAFE and PAY ATTENTION WHEN DRIVING

    February 15, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
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