Spectator killed after being struck at Dakar Rally


An elderly Bolivian spectator has died after he was hit by a Mitsubishi competitor during stage seven of the Dakar Rally, race organisers confirmed on Saturday.

The 63-year-old man was struck and killed by Frenchman Lionel Baud as drivers made their way from Uyumi in Bolivia to Salta in Argentina.

The fatal collision occurred at kilometre 82, with a statement reading: "The organisation's medical service could only confirm, unfortunately, the death of the person involved [in the accident].

"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."

Saturday's incident comes after at least four spectators were taken to hospital when Chinese competitor Guo Meiling ploughed into the crowd during the special prologue stage on January 2.

Meiling veered off the road in her Mini Cooper and hit a group of spectators at 6.6km-mark of the race between the Argentinean capital Buenos Aires and Rosario.