01/20 00:31 CST Spectator killed during 1st stage of Monte Carlo rally race
Spectator killed during 1st stage of Monte Carlo rally race
MONACO (AP) --- A spectator was killed after being hit by a car during the
first stage of the season-opening Monte Carlo rally, race organizers said.
Organizers said the spectator was struck by a car driven by New Zealand driver
Hayden Paddon during the first of two night stages held on Thursday night.
"WRC would like to express sincere condolences to the family and friends of the
victim of Thursday's tragic accident at Rallye Monte-Carlo," the World Rally
Championship statement said. "The spectator was transported by helicopter from
the stage to hospital in Nice. Despite the best efforts of the medical staff,
the spectator has sadly died. An investigation has commenced into the incident
and all involved parties will provide assistance to the authorities."
No further details were given by organizers.
Stage 1 of the race was cancelled, although stage 2 was held later Thursday
night. The race concludes Sunday.
Paddon's Hyundai Motorsport team subsequently withdrew Paddon's car from the
"As a mark of respect for the spectator who sadly passed away tonight we have
decided to withdraw car #4 from Rallye Monte-Carlo," the team said. "The
incident occurred at the same time as the #4 Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC of Hayden
Paddon and (co-driver) John Kennard crashed into the mountainside, after the
car hit a patch of black ice."