Baby dies, 17 injured after car hits crowd on Rio boardwalk

2018-01-19 19:57
The car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach. (AP)

The car that has driven into the crowded seaside boardwalk along Copacabana beach. (AP)

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Rio de Janeiro — Brazilian authorities say a baby was killed and 17 people were injured when a motorist drove into a crowded boardwalk along Copacabana beach.

Rio de Janeiro's municipal health department confirmed on Friday that an Australian was among those injured in the Thursday night incident and that the 68-year-old is breathing with the help of a respirator. Eight others remain hospitalised, many with broken bones. The state health department confirmed the death of a baby girl.

The famous Brazilian boardwalk was crowded on a hot summer night when the car jumped the curb.

Police have said it was not a terrorist attack and have arrested the driver. The driver told police he had not been drinking but lost control of his car. He also said that he has epilepsy.

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