Junior drag car driver, Anita Board, dies after horror crash at Perth racing event

AN eight-year-old girl who was critically injured in a horror crash at a junior drag racing trial run in Perth has tragically died in hospital.

Anita Board, 8, was attempting a solo practice drive at the Perth Motorplex, a requirement to obtain a licence so she could compete in future junior drag racing events, when tragedy struck on Saturday afternoon.

Anita lost control of her 210cc powered dragster and slammed into a cement barrier around 12.30pm.


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The impact was so great, Anita had to be revived at the scene before she was rushed to Rockingham Hospital.

She was eventually transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital where she spent the night in a critical condition.

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

This photo of Anita and her pony-themed dragster was taken shortly before Saturday’s fatal accident | Source: Supplied

Anita comes from an experienced local drag racing family and was driving her own purple pony themed dragster (pictured) at the time of the crash.

She celebrated her eighth birthday on Thursday.

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.

“Our baby girl is getting the best of care,” he said. “We are all hurting at this time.”

Mike Sprlyan, of Junior Dragster Australia, told Perth Now it was not unusual for an eight-year-old to get behind the wheel of what is referred to as a “tin pot”, a beginners machine that can reach top speeds of 40-50km/h.