Father of quadbike rider ‘too saddened for words’

Emma Oldfield & Jonathan Gray
Emma Oldfield & Jonathan Gray

THE father of the 23-year-old driver of a quadbike that crashed and killed Emma and Jonathan Gray has said he understands the grief of the newlyweds’ families.

The much-loved couple from Halifax were honeymooning at the Kuredu Island Resort in the Maldives when they died just a week after their wedding.

Jonathan Gray’s mother, Cath Davies, has called for a full investigation into the accident and the police chief leading the inquiry told the Courier that justice will be served if he uncovers anything criminal.

Lars Petre, the father of the quadbike’s driver, Filip Petre, and a shareholder of the resort, yesterday gave a statement to a Maldives newspaper disputing claims the bike was not registered.

He said: “This accident is by far the most tragic event in my life and words cannot describe how saddened we are.”

He said his son experienced “some difficulties” with the bike and crashed into a tree.

“The quad bike which my son was driving was registered and my son Filip is licensed to drive such vehicles.”

Mr Petre said his son fell unconscious after the crash, waking some time later and immediately called for help.

He said his son and staff have been co-operating fully with police.

“We understand the grief of the families who lost their loved ones and we also respect the duty of the Maldives police to investigate the matter.

“I wish to assure the families of the deceased, the media and the public that there was absolutely no ill intention whatsover in this accident.

“While my son and the staff of Kuredu are shattered with the result of the accident, we remain helpless to chance anything that has happened.

“The management of Kuredu will do whatever is possible to cooperate with the investigation and avoid futher distress for all families concerned.”