Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

8-year-old girl killed in horror dragster crash

8-year-old girl killed in horror dragster crash

An eight-year-old drag racer has died after she lost control of her vehicle during a test run and hit a cement barrier at a track in Perth's south.

Police have confirmed that Perth girl Anita Board has passed away in hospital following her horrific crash.

'Our baby girl is getting the best of care.

Pictures of Anita on family members' social media profiles show the young motorsport enthusiast with her purple dragster emblazoned with the words "Pony Power". "Police are now at the scene and on their advice racing has been suspended until further notice", a spokesperson said.

"We will need. the love and support in the days weeks months ahead", he wrote in local community forum.

The girl was taken to hospital in critical condition and died on Sunday, the police said in a statement.

The siblings were among 26 entrants for the Goldenstates Junior Dragster event.

"ANDRA will continue to work with VenuesWest and continue to assist police with their investigations while supporting Anita's family".

The motorsports-loving Board family, from Aubin Grove, said on their Facebook page that she celebrated her birthday by going go-karting to get more practice before trying to secure her licence.

The Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) later released a statement, saying it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy.

According to ANDRA, a junior driver has to be a minimum of eight years old to obtain a competition licence.

Competitors in junior drag racing can range in age from 8 to 17 and are placed in three classes depending on experience. Beginners drive what are known as "tin pots" that can reach top speeds of 40-50km/h.

Those who witnessed the incident comfort each other outside Princess Margaret Hospital.

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