Eight-Year-Old Anita Board Has Died In Hospital

Cheryl Sanders
November 13, 2017

Eight-year-old Anita Board was rushed to Rockingham Hospital following the crash, before being transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital in a critical condition.

ANDRA said it was "deeply saddened" at Anita's passing and said her family was in its thoughts and prayers.

Worksafe was notified about the crash but a spokeswoman said after making inquiries with police and the Motorplex, there was nothing to suggest the incident was a workplace issue.

A statement from WA Police said the young girl died as a result of the injuries she sustained.

Her father Ian J Board posted a photo of Anita, and her sister Zara, in a auto saying 'Our angel setting out on what was meant to be a day to remember for all the right reasons.

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.

The young girl lost control of her vehicle at the end of her solo run and crashed into a cement barrier.

Anita had just turned eight last Thursday, the minimum age to be allowed to race under Australian National Drag Racing Association (ANDRA) rules. The dragster was powered by a 210cc engine.

The motorsports-loving Board family, from Aubin Grove, said on their Facebook page that she celebrated her birthday by going go-karting to get more practice before trying to secure her licence.

Racing was suspended for several hours at the venue in Kwinana Beach after the crash, before the track was eventually reopened about 5:00pm.

Mike Sprlyan, of Junior Dragster Australia, told news outlet Perth Now that beginners aged between eight and 17 reached top speeds of about 40-50km/h (25-30mph).

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