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UPDATE: 5-year-old released from hospital after being hit by Hill Climb race car

By: MATT STEINER and IAN MCCUE
August 10, 2012
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photo - A race official confirmed that this 1967 Mustang was involved in a crash Friday that sent a 6-year-old girl to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash happened during practice for Sunday's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Ralf Christennson is the driver of the car. Photo by IAN MCCUE, THE GAZETTE
A race official confirmed that this 1967 Mustang was involved in a crash Friday that sent a 6-year-old girl to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash happened during practice for Sunday's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Ralf Christennson is the driver of the car. Photo by IAN MCCUE, THE GAZETTE 

A 5-year-old girl was released from Memorial Hospital Friday afternoon after being treated for injuries she suffered when she was hit by a race car at the summit of Pikes Peak during practice for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The girl is not from Colorado Springs, said Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller. The girl’s father told police that the family was in the area on vacation.

A Memorial Star helicopter landed near Glen Cove just after 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the child was moved by stretcher from an ambulance to the chopper, which took off en route to the hospital about 10:45 a.m.

Miller said a male patient was transported to Penrose Hospital, also with non-life threatening injuries. Martinez said the man taken to Penrose was not the driver, but a passenger in the race car.

According to spectators at the summit Friday morning, a black and yellow Mustang had just crossed the finish line when it slid into a boulder near the track. Witnesses weren’t sure if the girl was standing on the boulder or near the boulder when the crash occurred.

A race official confirmed that a 1967 Mustang surrounded by caution tape at the summit was the vehicle involved in the crash. Ralf Christensson of Stockholm, Sweden is the driver of the No. 372 race car. Christensson is one of 18 competitors in the Vintage Automobile Division.

Contact Matt Steiner at 636-0362 or follow him on Twitter @gazsteiner.

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