Eight-year-old dies after drag racing crash

Eight-year-old Perth girl dies after drag race crash

Eight-Year-Old Anita Board Has Died In Hospital

A Perth family is mourning the death of an eight-year-old drag racer who crashed while trying to get her racing licence just days after becoming old enough to compete.

"Our baby girl is getting the best of care", he said.

Sadly, police confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Anita had succumbed to her injuries and passed away in hospital.

The police statement said police will prepare a report for the coroner.

"Tragically, the eight-year-old girl involved in a crash at the Kwinana Motorplex yesterday has died as a result of the injuries she sustained", a police spokeswoman said.

Speaking from a bedside vigil at the hospital on Saturday night, Anita's father thanked friends, family, the motorsport community and members of the public for their love and support, Perth Now reported.

Her father Ian J Board posted a photo of Anita, and her sister Zara, in a vehicle saying 'Our angel setting out on what was meant to be a day to remember for all the right reasons.

The eight year old girl reportedly comes from an experienced local drag racing family.

'ANDRA will continue to work with VenuesWest and continue to assist police with their investigations while supporting Anita's family, and ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this tragic time, ' the statement concluded.

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

Perth Motorplex suspended racing after the crash, but reopened the track after 5pm.

He said competitors in junior races ranged in age from 8 to 17 and were placed in three classes depending on experience.

The beginners drive what are known as "tin pots", reaching top speeds of 40-50km an hour.

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

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