Eight-Year-Old Driver Killed In Australia Drag Race Crash

Race Car Driver, 8, Dies After Slamming Her Car into Cement Barrier

An eight-year-old girl has died after crashing into a concrete wall during a junior drag racing event in Australia.

The Western Australian government on Monday announced it would suspend all junior drag racing pending the outcome of an investigation.

Jalopnik has reached out to the Australian National Drag Racing Association and the Government of Western Australia to ask if they have discovered what caused the crash, as well as if there are findings from the police investigation of it, and we will update if we hear back.

"Police would like to speak to anyone who was at the Motorplex who saw the crash, or has vision of the crash". "We can't wrap our kids up in cotton wool, but we do need to make sure that we are protecting them and that they aren't taking unnecessary risks", he said.

Her father, Ian Board, told Perth Now Anita is receiving the best care possible. He said that sadly, "this one in a million event happened to us, to our little girl".

Mr Board described his daughter as "a bright and bubbly personality". And her father said it was his belief that she would remain protected in the sport.

"Everyone at the Australian National Drag Racing Association extends its honest and deepest condolences to Anita's family, friends and the wider drag racing community at this tragic time". Its rules also state that drivers between the ages of eight and 10 years old may not exceed 60 miles per hour.

The girl had been attempting to gain her licence for junior dragster racing, the Australia National Drag Racing Association (Andra) said.

Junior drag racers are allowed to drive at speeds of up to almost 100km per hour under current legislation.

Under current rules, junior drag racers as young as eight are able to drive at up to speeds of 96km/h.

Competitive junior drag racing has been suspended in Western Australia following the death of a girl just a few days after her eight birthday.

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