Girl, 8, killed by rally car 'after running across circuit to see her sister' in front of horrified crowds in Madeira | The Sun

A LITTLE girl has been killed by a rally car after she reportedly was struck while running to see her sister.

The 8-year-old was hit by the car at high speed as she crossed the road to join up with the two older children.

Local reports said she had mistakenly believed the last vehicle had already gone by when she decided to run onto the rally circuit in Madeira, Portugal.

She was rushed to hospital following the accident yesterday afternoon but died shortly after arrival at Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in the island capital Funchal.

The tragedy occurred during the 63rd edition of the Madeira Wine Rally, the most prestigious and historic motor racing event in Madeira.

TV footage showed the moment the car that hit the girl came to a stop in a cloud of white smoke.


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Shocked onlookers moved towards the crash scene to assist, although the images of the collision itself were pixelated.

The girl, who has not been named, was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Witnesses said the older girl and another youngster thought to be a friend had just crossed the road without incident when the eight-year-old attempted the same crossing and was hit.

One said: “I’m sure she didn’t see the car coming. It was going very fast.”

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In a statement, rally organisers said: “We regrettably confirm the youngster involved in an accident was not able to survive the injuries she suffered.

“In this painful moment we would like to send our condolences to her family and friends.”

Portugal’s president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said: “I send my condolences to the family and friends that are grieving.”

The Madeira Wine Rally brings thousands of spectators out onto the roads to watch drivers compete through the island's hilly terrain and natural landscapes.

It is traditionally held in the late summer, in August or late July. The first edition took place in 1959.

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