Eight-year-old girl’s death to be investigated after rally collision nightmare

A probe has been launched into the death of an eight-year-old girl who reportedly died after being hit by a car as she tried to cross a rally course. 

Named locally as Vitoria Yasmin, it has been claimed that she was following her parents across the road which was being used as a rally track at the time on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Saturday (August 6). 

An investigation into her death is now being launched, prosecutors have said.

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It has emerged after the fact that Vitoria had attempted to cross the road just second after her parents who had done so with another of their children. 

Despite this, initial reports claimed that Vitoria has been crossing to try and meet up with other children, including her older sister.

It is understood that the focus of the upcoming investigation will be to work out whether it was the parents or the organisers of the rally who are to blame.

Vitoria presumably thought the final car had gone past – except a BMW, driven by Miguel Gouveia, came haring down the track.

In grim footage, a group of people can be seen crossing the track followed by the little girl. As the car comes screaming around the corner it loses speed, coming to a standstill accompanied by a cloud of smoke.

Medics rushed to save her as the crowd watched on in horror. The Sun reports that screams were heard.

Despite being rushed to Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Funchal, she died shortly after the incident.

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The heartbreaking death came during the prestigious Madeira Wine Rally.

In a statement, organisers from the Madeira Wine Rally, 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.”

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

Signs along the course are understood to have told people not to cross the track. A nearby police officer was reportedly unable to do anything before it was too late.

Witnesses have however told Portuguese press that others had crossed the road before Vitoria and her family.

The Wine Rally pulls in thousands of spectators a year and has been running since 1959.

The Madeira Wine Rally has been contacted by the Daily Star for comment.


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