A 22-year-old Spanish woman, who was participating as a co-driver in a rally in central Portugal, died on Saturday after hitting a tree, firefighters reported.
The young woman “was the victim of a collision with a pine tree” in the first section of the test, Vitor Graça, commander of the Marinha Grande fire department, told AFP.
The victim, Laura Salvo, was in cardiorespiratory arrest when the emergency services arrived, which could not revive her, the organizers explained.
The young Spanish woman was participating in the Vidreiro rally in Marinha Grande, about 140 km north of Lisbon.
The messages of condolences from the motor world flooded the networks in Spain as soon as the death of the young co-driver was known.
“Mourning in Spanish motorsports for the death of co-driver Laura Salvo, who has lost her life in Portugal while playing a rally,” said the Spanish Automobile Federation (RFEA).
“Our deepest condolences to all his relatives and loved ones. Rest in Peace, dear Laura,” concludes the RFEA message.
From the Higher Sports Council (CSD), its president, Irene Lozano, also expressed her condolences.
“Life is sometimes very unfair and it takes away young people like Laura. From the Spanish sports house we accompany their loved ones and the motor racing family in these moments of mourning. Rest in peace, Laura,” said Lozano.