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A young Perth girl has tragically been killed after crashing at the end of a drag race while trying to qualify for her junior licence.

Sadly just days after her eighth birthday, 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, reports 7 news.

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

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”.

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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”.

Such a terrible tragedy. Our thoughts are with the family and all involved.

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  • Children tend to follow what their family does – if it is within the law in WA then nothing can be done. RIP young lady. Guess what has happened was meant to be.

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  • I can’t condone letting children of this age drive so fast. Such a tragic end to a young life. At the same time I have no animosity towards the family. It sounds like racing was in her blood. RIP Anita

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  • What a tragedy! I must say though my kids wouldn’t be allowed to do this, way too dangerous!

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  • How awful, what a tragic accident.

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  • This makes me so angry. This was completely avoidable. There are driving activities for kids this age that are a million times safer and just as much fun. Kids this age shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near these things.

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  • I don’t agree with little girls driving at such high speeds. RIP Anita.

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  • This has to be a call to change the laws in such dangerous sports – legal driving age is 17 yet these young children are allowed to drive and at ridiculously fast speeds …. it is just plain crazy. RIP precious girl, taken way too soon …..

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  • Very tragic RIP little one.

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  • What a terrible tragedy indeed ! My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

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  • This is so tragic, really feeling for her family.
    I think they need to lower the speed for young children, it’s a bit insane letting them go that fast!

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  • A very sad day in deed, the day she died. She was doing something she had wanted to do, be like her big sister and race. Still think the age should be raised and the speeds lower. Being able to travel up to 96 kpm is very fast for young ones. My thoughts are with her family.

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  • Her parents must feel so awful about that birthday present.

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  • so sad, poor little cherub, dying doing what she loved most.

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  • Very very sad, race on little mate! Sometimes the checkered flag comes way too early

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  • What a terrible accident.

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  • I can not understand how children of this age are allowed to be put in such a dangerous situation. A normal driving license can not be obtained until 16 yrs of age, so why can a child this young be allowed in this sport. I’m sorry but what parent would let their child of eight years of age do something like this. RIP Little one you may have been doing what you loved but I do not agree that you should have been.


    • I agree, motors and children do not mix well. Too many children are getting hurt, maimed, permanently disabled and killed by using motorised sports like this and others like jet skis, motorbikes, quad bikes etc. Should be a minimum age set and getting a licence should be strict like it is when you get a car licence.

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  • I saw this on the news and was shocked by so many things about this. Such a tragedy, doing something she obviously loved.

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  • The WA Government is thinking about changing drag racing rules after Anita’s death. I completely agree!! https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/state-government-to-consider-changing-drag-racing-rules-after-anita-boards-death-at-perth-motorplex-ng-b88658247z

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  • Incredible. I am so sorry for this girl. But are these drag races legal for kids? In the video they say that kids between 8 and 10 are allowed to reach 96 km per hour. But to me it looks incredibly dangerous. 96 km?? Does one child really understand the danger of driving so fast? It looks so unsafe to me, sorry.

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