Baby killed as vehicle hits crowd in Copacabana beach

Car rams into Rio de Janeiro sidewalk, injuring at least 15

Horror on Copacabana beach: Eight-month-old baby is killed and 15 people hurt as car ploughs into pedestrians on Rio promenade packed with tourists

An 8-month-old baby was reportedly killed and 15 others injured after a auto crashed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's famous Copacabana beach in Brazil Thursday night.

According to reports, an eight-month-old baby has died after a vehicle veered through a crowded promenade in Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro police said at least 15 people had been rushed to hospital with injuries.

Rio de Janeiro's municipal health department said that an Australian was among those injured in the Thursday night incident, though the Australian Embassy later said it was not aware that any of its citizens were hurt.

At least 17 people were injured
At least 17 people were injured

The vehicle only stopped after reaching the sands of the world famous beach.

The driver, who was detained, had an epileptic fit at the wheel, and drugs to treat the condition were found by police in the vehicle, reports say.

"We got there in time to keep him from being lynched", Angelotti said, adding, that the driver was "immediately" taken to a police station to give a statement. Local authorities have identified the driver as Antonio de Almeida Anquim. Anaquim reportedly had a suspended licence for accumulating 62 infraction points and 14 fines for the past five years.

Authorities have stated that they do not believe the incident to be terror-related.

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