'My heart is in a million pieces': Perth girl, 8, dies after drag race crash

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


Anita Board suffered life threatening injuries when she lost control and slammed into a wall at Perth Motorplex in Kwinana on Saturday afternoon.

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

Anita was trying to qualify for her junior dragster racing licence, which was meant to be her birthday present.

Anita Board was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and has since died. Photo: 7 News

But for some reason Anita crashed in a concrete barrier, in front of stunned bystanders.

Anita comes from a local racing family and today there were floods of messages of support on social media.

Her father posted: "Our angel setting off on what was meant to be a day to remember... my heart is in a million pieces".

Anita's family spent the night in hospital, keeping vigil by her bedside. Her grandfather said they went to hell and back, hoping for a miracle, that didn't come.

The eight-year-old was injured after crashing at the end of a drag race and has since died in hospital. Photo: 7 News

Perth Motorplex temporarily suspended racing after the crash while police investigated. They said it's not unusual for drivers to be so young.

WA Police Detective Senior Sergeant Kym Mead said officers are "working with the family and the motorplex to conduct a thorough investigation of what's occurred".

Australian National Drag Racing Association rules say drivers aged eight to 10 are limited to speeds less than 96 kilometres an hour.

Anita's dad has posted a heartbreaking post on Facebook about her tragic death.

They posted to social media: "Our thoughts are with the driver and their family."

Police say they would like to speak with anyone who saw or took video of the crash, which happened at the end of Anita's run.

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

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