Girl, 8, fighting for life after crashing drag racing vehicle

Girl critical after Perth drag race crash

A Perth girl has died after crashing at the end of a drag race just three days after she turned eight.

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

"We are all hurting at this time", Ian Board said from Princess Margaret Hospital as his family kept vigil with Anita last night.

An 8 year old girl is in a critical condition following an accident at Perth Motorplex.

'Our baby girl is getting the best of care. "We'd like to thank our family and friends and our motorsport family for the love and support".

The impact was so great she had to be revived at the crash scene by paramedics who were on duty at the event.

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

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Before Anita's death, their father Ian J Board posted a photo of the girls in a vehicle, saying "Our angel setting (out) on what was meant to be (a) day to remember for all the right reasons".

Anita was listed on a Motorplex program of events as an entrant in the Goldenstates championships, driving a 210cc dragster.

Perth Motorplex released a statement on its Facebook page, offering its thoughts and condolences to the family.

The Broad family has a Facebook page dedicated to racing, with Anita's father posting a message overnight saying "my heart [is] in a million pieces".

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

Mike Sprlyan, of Junior Dragster Australia, said it was not unusual for an eight-year-old to get behind the wheel.

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

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