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#4571900 - 11/12/17 02:35 PM 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-12/an...g-crash/9142076

8 year old girl was hanging out to get her licence in Junior dragsters.

Apparently after her solo run, hit a wall and later died.

As a parent it really is rattling me with "what would I have done ?" questions...

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#4571937 - 11/12/17 03:23 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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How tragic ... and bizarre?

I would think that the safety equipment would be sufficent.

What kind of speed does a 210cc dragster get up to?
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#4571941 - 11/12/17 03:26 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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Since when is drag racing a recommended activity for an eight year old child? I believe those parents endangered their daughter in an unjustified manner.


Edited by NormanBuntz (11/12/17 03:28 PM)
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#4571942 - 11/12/17 03:28 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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"....she hit a concrete barrier at the end of the run."

No sand trap or catch netting?

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#4571948 - 11/12/17 03:33 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: NormanBuntz]
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Originally Posted By: NormanBuntz
Since when is drag racing a recommended activity for an eight year old child? I believe those parents endangered their daughter in an unjustified manner.


Tons of kids do drag racing that young. Same with kids in karts, midget sprint cars, and bandalero cars.

Very tragic for sure. Hopefully they can either find improvements to the car or the facility to prevent future injuries or deaths.
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#4571998 - 11/12/17 04:22 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Linctex]
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
What kind of speed does a 210cc dragster get up to?


Article says "In that class, they can reach speeds of 96 kilometres per hour during a race."

I would have thought safety equipment would prevent something like this at those relatively low speeds, but details are missing on exactly how she hit the wall.

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#4572066 - 11/12/17 05:37 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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No way I'd let my daughter do that.

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#4572073 - 11/12/17 05:50 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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My first reaction was pure outrage...then I thought about my daughter starting to learn to ski when she was 3.
By the time she was 8, she was definitely skiing at speeds that could have resulted in death if she had caught an edge at just the wrong time and hit a tree. I probably read about 1-2 junior ski racers a year who die in the White or Green Mountains...almost always when they are freeskiing, places without a safety net like a race course will have. These events always make me sad, but I tell myself that they were doing something they really loved and pushed it a bit too much or some little thing like a binding failed them...never made me think that my daughter or I should quit skiing.

Not such a simple issue as I thought about it more, I'm sure they work hard to make the junior drag racing safe and I'd guess that the kids just love it...almost anything that is truly fun has some level of danger to it.
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#4572093 - 11/12/17 06:06 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Virtus_Probi]
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Virtus_Probi...

That's exactly where I was/am

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#4572243 - 11/12/17 08:16 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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I would rather have a son or daughter involved in this versus getting involved in gangs, drugs, and general vandalism/hoodlum activities. RIP to that young girl.
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#4572296 - 11/12/17 09:37 PM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: billt460]
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Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
Hopefully they can either find improvements to the car or the facility to prevent future injuries or deaths.


Something doesn't sound right at all.

I have drag raced at multiple strips over the years.....

I have NEVER seen "a concrete barrier at the end of the run."

Seriously, [censored]?!???

Originally Posted By: billt460

No sand trap or catch netting?


No kidding... something very wrong at this track!
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#4572342 - 11/13/17 01:33 AM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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Here's the track...




Maybe turned into the wall...

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#4572344 - 11/13/17 02:05 AM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Virtus_Probi]
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Exactly my thoughts Virtus, though I couldn't put them down in a way that I felt was good enough.
I don't have kids, however I have been thinking about them a lot and this sort of thing wouldn't keep me from letting them participate in hobbies like this if that was something that truly interested them.
Its horrible when something happens, but you can't have growth without risk. The best thing is when something happens try to learn from it and figure out how we might be able to mitigate this particular circumstance, so that the loss wasnt wasted.


Edited by Colt45ws (11/13/17 02:08 AM)
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#4572345 - 11/13/17 02:25 AM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: Shannow]
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Where is this "concrete barrier" she hit at the end of the track? If her car reached 96 KPH, (59 MPH), it looks as if it could roll to a stop on that track before hitting anything.

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#4572470 - 11/13/17 07:47 AM Re: 8 Y.O. girl dies in drag related accident [Re: PimTac]
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Originally Posted By: PimTac
I would rather have a son or daughter involved in this versus getting involved in gangs, drugs, and general vandalism/hoodlum activities. RIP to that young girl.


Forget to express my sentiments, so sad that this little girl lost her life.
My parents lost my older sister when she was 6 and I think they mourned for her every day for the rest of their lives.
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