Philly Man Among 2 Killed In U.K. During Charity Bike Ride - New York News

Philly Man Among 2 Killed In U.K. During Charity Bike Ride

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Toby Wallace, 36, of Philadelphia, was one of two Aberdeen Asset Management employees killed this week in a collision with a truck in England near the start of a charity bike ride. (Photo courtesy of AAM) Toby Wallace, 36, of Philadelphia, was one of two Aberdeen Asset Management employees killed this week in a collision with a truck in England near the start of a charity bike ride. (Photo courtesy of AAM)
PHILADELPHIA -

A Philadelphia man was one of two bicyclists killed this week in a collision with a truck near the start of a charity ride in the United Kingdom.

The two men are being honored for their selflessness by their employer and the Scotland-based charity for which they were riding.

The Aberdeen Asset Management employees have been identified as Andrew McMenigall, 47, of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Toby Wallace, 36, of Philadelphia.

Wallace, an AAM employee of almost 13 years, was a senior relationship manager who also took part in an eight-person row across the Atlantic last year.

Reports indicate the 31-year-old driver of the truck involved in the fatal collision that occurred in Cornwall, England, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and then released on bail.

The cyclists had recently set out on their ride from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust, set up in the name of a colleague who died from cancer in 2011.

They aimed to complete the 960-mile route in seven days.

Their charity posted a message on its website after learning the terrible news.

"Both Toby and Andrew had both been amazing supporters of the trust and their fund raising efforts have meant so much in helping to establish a trust in Kirsten's name to support young people under twenty six," the statement reads. "We are all devastated to learn of this dreadful accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Toby and Andrew's families and friends at this sad time."

Last year, Wallace participated in a 3,000-mile, unsupported crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Gran Canaria in the Canaries to Barbados – a trip that brought him media attention and even a good luck message from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter before their departure.

The rowers were attempting to break a world record of 31 days and 23 hours but fell about two days short, in part due to unfavorable weather.

Wallace had called his company "a tremendous supporter of rowing," including Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta here in the city.

The 6-feet-7-inches tall and extremely fit Wallace previously competed in World Rowing Championships, an Ironman Race, and a 24-hour solo mountain bike championship, according to an online profile.

Martin Gilbert, Aberdeen Asset Management's chief executive, said in a statement Wednesday that he knew both Wallace and McMenigall well.

"They were dedicated and popular members of our senior team," Gilbert said. "The fact that they died in such tragic circumstances while trying to help others less fortunate tells you much about their selflessness and humanity. This is a terrible time for the company. More importantly our thoughts are with the families of Andrew and Toby. We will be doing everything we can to support them."

On Wednesday, an online fund-raising account for the charity ride was pushed over a goal of 10,000 British Pound Sterling, or a little over $15,000 U.S., by donors who also offered condolences to the two cyclists. That fund can be found online right here.

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