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UK woman killed by van in Bolivia during world cycle trip

A British woman on a round-the-world cycle trip has been killed in South America after being hit by a van near Bolivia's border with Chile.

Sharon Bridgeman from Devon died after being hit by a van in Bolivia. Credit: north2northcycletour

Sharon Bridgman, from Devon, had been cycling around the world since June 2012 with her husband Tim.

Robert Szembek, the chairman of Okehampton Cycling Club, which the couple belonged to, said they had been on what was meant to be a "a great adventure".

"It is not what you expect to hear, especially when they went right through Africa and rode through some doubtful areas known for problems and had taken precautions like not camping by the road," he said.

Mrs Bridgman, who is believed to be 38, was cycling a short distance either ahead or behind her husband and another couple when she was hit by the vehicle, Mr Szembek understands.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said it was aware of the death and is providing assistance to the family.