Spanish rally co-driver Laura Salvo dies: Horror at Rally Videiro
10th October 2020

Spanish rally co-driver Laura Salvo dies in crash aged 21: Horror at Rally Videiro in Portugal as car careers off road and smashed into other vehicle

  • Laura Salvo, 21, died after a fatal accident in the first stage of the Rally Vidreiro
  • Medics got to the crash within two minutes but the co-driver died at the scene 
  • She had kicked off 2020 with an impressive win at the Rally del Bierzo 

A Spanish rally co-driver has died in a horrific crash when her car veered off the road and smashed into another vehicle.

Laura Salvo, 21, was competing in the first stage of the Rally Vidreiro in Portugal when her car allegedly careered off the road and slammed into a pine tree. 

The car was bring driven by Miguel Socias and medics rushed to the scene within two minutes. Attempts to resuscitate her failed and she died on the roadside.   

Laura Salvo (pictured), 21, was involved in a fatal accident in the first stage of the Rally Vidreiro in Portugal

The commander of the Marinha Grande Volunteer Firefighters, Vítor Graça, told Mundo Deportive the car in which Socias and Salvo were traveling, ‘collapsed about 500/600 meters from the beginning of the first section, when it hit a pine tree’.

Salvo was trapped inside and once released suffered from cardiac arrest. Attempts to resuscitate her failed. 

The president of the Marina Grande Automobile Club explained the incident on the LiveStream of the competition.

He said: ‘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. 

‘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. 

The car was bring driven by Miguel Socias and medics rushed to the scene within two minutes. Attempts to resuscitate her failed and she died on the roadside. Pictured, Salvo

‘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.’

She competed alongside Socias last season in the Suzuki Swift Cup and started 2020 by winning the Rally del Bierzo. 

Maria Salvo, her sister, is also a well-known rally co-driver.

Social media users shared their tributes after news of Salvo’s death first broke. 

Peugeot Sport 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.’

One heartbroken fan added: ‘The rally world have a new angel in heaven.’

Another added: ‘A day of mourning for all rally lovers after the tragic death of co-driver Laura Salvo this weekend in Portugal.’

More to follow. 

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