Italian Tourist Killed After Being Struck by Vehicle During Dakar Rally

Italian Tourist Killed After Being Struck by Vehicle During Dakar Rally

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:22 PM
  • Another tragedy has befallen the Dakar Rally, one of the world's most lethal sports events
  • An Italian tourist was killed by a participating vehicle in one of the stages in Saudi Arabia
  • Nearly 80 people have been killed since the start of the gruelling competition back in 1979

Another tragedy has happened during the dangerous Dakar Rally.

An Italian tourist, who was in Saudi Arabia to watch the event, was he killed after he was struck by a competitor's vehicle.

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The aftermath of a Dakar Rally crash in Peru in 2018. Image source: Getty Images (file image).
Source: Getty Images

AFP reported that the incident happened on the stage between Riyadh and Haradh, as announced by the race's organisers. The unnamed spectator was standing behind a sand dune when the accident occurred.

The Dakar Rally has been lethally hazardous since its establishment in 1979, whether it be in Africa, South America or lately, Asia. At least 78 people have been killed in the 44 years in which the race has taken place.

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