Spectator killed during Dakar Rally seventh stage


A spectator has been killed during the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, organisers have confirmed on Saturday.

A sixty-three-year-old man was struck by the Mitsubishi Lancer of Frenchman Lionel Baud, with reports from Bolivia saying the gentleman was killed instantly.

The statement from the organisers said the man was struck by Baud while “isolated on the race course.

“Once at the [accident] site, the medical service of the organisation unfortunately could only note the death of the injured person.

“Alerted by the organisation, the Bolivian authorities represented by the prosecution, went to the site by helicopter of the organisation in order to determine the circumstances of the accident.”

It is the second incident involving spectators in this years rally, with one person still in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by the Mini of Chinese driver Guo Meiling.