Russian police probe video of girl, 8, driving at 100km/h
Video clip of Karina Mikulchik was shot by her mother, Yelena, goes viral on YouTube
Agence France-Presse in St Petersburg
Police in St Petersburg are investigating after video of a girl, eight, driving at 100 km/h through snowy scenery went viral on the internet.
The video clip of Karina Mikulchik was shot by her mother, Yelena, who was sitting in the back seat.
The video has been a massive hit, being viewed nearly 500,000 times on YouTube.
Karina seems unperturbed handling the Audi to the sounds of techno music from the stereo. A man sitting in the passenger seat tells her: "Come on! Accelerate! At least to 100! Don't be afraid."
The camera zooms in to show the speed creeping up to 100km/h.
"If Nastya saw me drive a car, she'd pass out right away!" the smiling girl says at one point, apparently referring to a friend, as she speeds through a snow-covered field on a narrow track. She does not appear to be wearing a seat belt.
At the end of the five-minute clip, the car pulls up to a house in a rural village.
The footage was shown on television after the mother posted the footage on her social networking page and YouTube.
Police are investigating traffic code violations and the parents' willingness to give the steering wheel to a child.