Probe launched into death of girl, 8, killed after stepping in front of rally car ‘as she followed parents across road’

A PROBE has been launched after a girl, 8, was killed when she was run over a rally car while crossing the high speed course after her mum and dad.

First pictures show the tragic child – named locally as Vitoria Yasmin – who died in Madeira, Portugal, on Saturday.


Vitoria Yasmin was reportedly killed by the rally car in Portugal
Paramedics worked to try and save the girl's life


Paramedics worked to try and save the girl’s life
Horror footage shows the moment the girl was struck in front of horrified crowds


Horror footage shows the moment the girl was struck in front of horrified crowds

Prosecutors have now announced they were launching an investigation into her death.

It was initially reported the girl was struck after she crossed the rally course to join up with two other children, including her old sister.

But it emerged on Monday that her parents had also been watching the race and had crossed the road second earlier with another child of theirs.

Victoria then attempted to cross the road – thinking the last car had passed – but then Miguel Gouveia’s BMW appeared just six seconds later.

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Horror video from the crash shows a group of people crossing the road before the girl then follows.

The rally car then comes screaming into view, before coming to a halt in a cloud of white smoke.

Crowds were left screaming and watching in the horror after the crash as medics rushed to try and save her life.

The schoolgirl was rushed to hospital after emergency medical attention at the scene but died shortly after arrival at Dr Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Funchal.

The tragedy occurred during the 63rd edition of the Madeira Wine Rally, the most prestigious and historic motor racing event in Madeira.

At least two people thought to be the dead girl’s parents could be seen crossing the road in front of the youngster before the collision.

Rally organisers said in a statement: “We regrettably confirm the youngster involved in an accident was not able to survive the injuries she suffered.

“In this painful moment we would like to send our condolences to her family and friends.”

Portugal’s president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said: “I send my condolences to the family and friends that are grieving.”

Investigators are expected to focus on whether the dead girl’s parents or the rally organisers acted negligently.

Several signs were put up along the rally course banning spectators from crossing while the race was taking place.

A police officer is said to have been standing near the spot where the tragedy occurred, but was unable to do anything before it was too late.

However several witnesses told local press several onlookers had already crossed the road before Vitoria Yasmin and her family.

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The Madeira Wine Rally brings thousands of spectators out onto the roads to watch drivers compete through the island’s hilly terrain and natural landscapes.

It is traditionally held in the late summer, in August or late July. The first edition took place in 1959.

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