Laura Salvo passed away at the age of 21 following a horror crash at the Rally Vidreiro Centro de Portugal.
The Spanish rally co-driver was competing in the first stage when her vehicle careered off the road and hit another car before slamming into a tree.
Despite medics’ swift response and attempts to resuscitate Salvo, she passed away on the side of the road.
Vitor Graca, the commander of the Marinha Grande Volunteer Firefighters, said to Mundo Deportive that the vehicle ‘collapsed about 500/600 meters from the beginning of the first section, when it hit a pine tree.’
Salvo got trapped inside the car and when she was retrieved, she suffered from a cardiac arrest.
The Marina Grande Automobile Club president explained the accident on the competition’s LiveStream.
“Unfortunately we have to report a death in our rally. Competitor Laura Salvo, who was competing as a navigator in the Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica, suffered an accident at the beginning of the first stage that caused her death,” he said.
“The Automobile Club of the Marina Grande and its means of aid arrived at the place in about two minutes, doing everything possible to save the young competitor, trying to revive her.”
He added: “The media took the victim to an area where the arrival of a medical emergency helicopter was possible, but the competitor ended up dying at the scene.”
Salvo’s sister, Maria, is also a rally co-driver. Their dad, Gabriel, was a rally driver.
One fan wrote: “The rally world have a new angel in heaven.”
Another heartbroken person said: “A day of mourning for all rally lovers after the tragic death of co-driver Laura Salvo this weekend in Portugal.”
Peugeot Sport also wrote: “Peugeot Sport wishes to express their sincerest condolences to the family and friends of co-driver Laura Salvo, who died this morning following an accident at Rally Vidreio Centro in Portugal.”
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