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Australian vacationer killed in Vietnam motorbike crash

Australian vacationer killed in Vietnam motorbike crash

Monday, October 08, 2012, 17:31 GMT+7

An Australian teenager died late last week in a motorbike accident when he was vacationing in Vietnam.

Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, reported that 19-year-old Pat Cullen passed away last Friday near the capital city of Hanoi.

The newspaper quoted the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) as confirming the news, elaborating Cullen came from Victoria State.

A DFAT spokesman said that consular assistance was being provided to the victim’s family, according to the paper.

The Melbourne-based newspaper added that the Australian man had booked a ticket to return to his country this Friday.

Facebook friends left online tributes when hearing about his sudden death.

Cullen was described on his Facebook page as someone who stood out from the crowd and always made people smile.

One of his friends told the Herald Sun that he was supposed to come back months ago, but kept lengthening his trip.

It is believed the Aussie had spent almost a year working and exploring Southeast Asia.

The Australian Embassy in Hanoi, when contacted by Tuoitrenews, refused to supply the details of the accident because of “consular requirements” that prevent it from revealing the information without prior approval from Cullen’s family.

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