A spectator died after a crash at the first stage of Rally Monte Carlo. The organizers issued a statement, confirming the tragic event.
“The Automobile Club de Monaco regrets to advise further details following incident of the car #4 (Hayden Paddon/John Kennard) in SS 1.
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. All involved parties will provide assistance to the authorities.
Everyone associated with the event extends their deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and individuals affected.”
The organisers cancelled the first Rally Monte Carlo stage after Hayden Paddon crashed in a left-hand corner
The New Zealander rolled his Hyundai and blocked the icy road. His team Hyundai explained that the car hit a patch of black ice at the entry of the turn. According to reports the man was standing at the bottom of the bank, where the car’s right rear hit him.
“There was black ice near the end of the first stage. The car snapped sideways. From there, we were just passengers. There wasn’t much damage to the car. But I’m sorry for the team, who have all put in so much work to get here. I am incredibly sad for the accident. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the person involved”, Paddon added.
The team issued its own statement:
“The team and crew pledged their full support to the event organisers and authorities to understand the full details.”
“Hyundai Motorsport extends its condolences to the family, friends and individuals affected.”
As a mark of respect for the spectator who sadly passed away tonight we have decided to withdraw car #4 from Rallye Monte-Carlo.
— Hyundai Motorsport (@HMSGOfficial) 20 January 2017