Man killed in Clare motorbike crash was celebrity in Chile
Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Godoy was adventurer TV host of Mototemáticos
Published 07/06/2014 | 17:26
One of two men killed in a horrific motorcycle crash in Co Clare on Thursday was a national television celebrity in his native Chile.
The pair died when their motorcycles collided on the N67 Lisdoonvarna to Ennistymon road in north Clare at around 6.45pm on Thursday.
53-year-old Ricardo ‘Ricky’ Godoy was an adventurer and host of a Chilean cable television motorcycle show Mototemáticos.
The second victim of the crash has been named locally as Ferdinand Waidel, a 55-year-old German national who had been living in Clare for about 14 years.
Mr Waidel is understood to have been returning home from shopping in Ennistymon when the tragedy happened.
Mr Godoy was driving in the opposite direction in a group of six people travelling on three motorcycles. His pillion passenger wife Pilar was also injured in the collision.
Emergency crews found a horrific scene when they arrived. Both motorcycles burst into fire in the impact while Mr Waidel was also engulfed in flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
As paramedics battled to resuscitate Mr Godoy, the Emergency Aeromedical Service (EAS) air ambulance was called in to airlift him to hospital. However, he was also pronounced dead while being transported by ambulance to the helicopter.
His wife Pilar was later airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Mr Godoy travelled around world filming for his motorcycle show Mototemáticos and is understood to have visited the Isle of Man last weekend for the famous TT races.
His death was reported in the local media in Chile within hours of the tragedy while hundreds of tributes have since been left for him on social media sites.
Detective Inspector John Galvin said: “We know the identity of the victims and we are still liaising with the authorities in Germany and Chile in our efforts to ensure we contact all next of kin. We have interviewed the other members of the group and they have made statements.”
“We are investigating all the circumstances of this incident but it would appear to be a tragic accident. One of the motorcyclists was entering the bend while the other was coming out of it when they made contact,” Det/Insp Galvin added.
The remaining members of Mr Godoy’s group are expected to return to Chile in the coming days while efforts are also ongoing to repatriate his remains back to his native country.