- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Award-winning Delaware restaurateur Matt Haley has died following a motorcycle accident in India. He was 53.

Haley’s business partner, Scott Kammerer, said Wednesday he was told by State Department officials that Haley died Tuesday night during a medical flight from Leh, India, to New Delhi.

Kammerer said Haley was involved in a “high-impact” collision with a truck Monday at the beginning of a six-week trip through northern India and Nepal. Haley has devoted significant time and resources to humanitarian efforts in the area. He was traveling with international filmmaker and motorcycle expert Guarav Jani.

Haley, who ran several southern Delaware restaurants, received the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Gov. Jack Markell expressed his condolences to Haley’s family, calling him “a world class humanitarian.”

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