Luc Alphand of France maintained the overall lead in the &to=http://english.pravda.ru/sport/2003/01/20/42279.html' target=_blank>Dakar Rally, winning the 13th stage as the race entered Senegal from Guinea, where one competitor accidently struck and killed a boy who crossed the track.
Alphand finished the stage in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 15 seconds, with Spain's Carlos Sainz and South Africa's Giniel de Villiers trailing.
The boy was crossing the track at the time he was killed by vehicle No. 420, driven by Maris Saukans and Dambis Andris. The accident occurred about 25 kilometers (15 miles) into the race's 348-kilometer (216-mile) 13th stage, near the village of Kourahoye.
The boy had come to watch the race Friday with his family, organizers said.
"He immediately received treatment from the medical staff of the rally but died during his transfer by helicopter to Labe," the statement said. "The organization wished to express its sincere condolences to the family of the child."
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