A PROBE was launched after an 8-year-old girl was killed when she was run over a rally car while crossing the high-speed course behind her mother and father.
First images show the tragic child – known locally as Vitoria Yasmin – who died in Madeira, Portugal on Saturday.
The public prosecutor’s office has now announced that they will initiate investigations into her death.
It was first reported that the girl was beaten after crossing the rally route to meet up with two other children, including her old sister.
On Monday, however, it emerged that her parents had also watched the race and had crossed the street second beforehand with another child of theirs.
Victoria then attempted to cross the street, thinking the last car had passed, but just six seconds later, Miguel Gouveia’s BMW appeared.
The horror video of the accident shows a group of people crossing the street before the girl follows.
Then the rally car screeches into view before coming to a halt in a puff of white smoke.
Crowds were watched screaming and horrified after the crash as medics rushed to try to save their lives.
The schoolgirl was taken to the hospital after receiving emergency medical attention at the scene, but died shortly after arriving at the hospital Dr. Nelio Mendonca in Funchal.
The tragedy happened during the 63rd edition of the Madeira Wine Rally, the most prestigious and historic motorsport event in Madeira.
At least two people, believed to be the dead girl’s parents, could be seen crossing the road in front of the youth before the collision.
Rally organizers said in a statement: “We regret to confirm that the youngster involved in an accident did not survive the injuries sustained.
“At this painful moment, we would like to extend our condolences to her family and friends.”
Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said: “My condolences to the grieving family and friends.”
Investigators should focus on whether the dead girl’s parents or the organizers of the rally acted negligently.
Several signs were posted along the rally route, prohibiting spectators from crossing during the race.
A police officer is said to have been near the scene of the accident, but could not do anything before it was too late.
However, several witnesses told the local press that several bystanders crossed the street ahead of Vitoria Yasmin and her family.
The Madeira Wine Rally draws thousands of spectators onto the streets to see the drivers drive through the island’s hilly terrain and natural landscapes.
It traditionally takes place in late summer, in August or at the end of July. The first edition took place in 1959.
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