Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Rally fan dies after being hit by car

A woman watching the Dakar Rally was killed after being struck by a vehicle competing in the race's first stage.

Sonia Natalia Gallardo, 28, was among a group of spectators hit by the car driven by Mirco Schultis and Ulrich Leardi

The accident happened 75 kilometres into the stage between Buenos Aires and Cordoba.

Gallardo was taken to hospital in Cordoba but later died of her injuries.

Race organisers called upon fans to stay within the “spectator zones” set up on each stage.