March 21, 2023

Killarney racing event called off after fatal crash on track – News24

Shaheed Mugjenkar racing at an earlier event at Killarney International Raceway.

Shaheed Mugjenkar racing at an earlier occasion at Killarney International Raceway.

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What would have been a perfect day out for Motorsport South Africa drag racers and spectators turned into a tragedy when the event was called off after a racer died in a fatal crash early on Saturday (16 July) morning.

The Motor Sport South Africa (MSA) Drag Racing event at Killarney International Raceway was stopped after the crash.

According to a statement by Killarney International Track, Dr Shaheed Mugjenkar lost control of his Opel Kadett drag racing car following the finish line; the car veered across the particular drag strip and rolled over several times before hitting the safety barriers, ultimately landing on its side.

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Marshals and medical personnel were immediately in attendance, and Mugjenkar was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Shaheed Mugjenkar and his friends push his car out

Shaheed Mugjenkar and his friends push his car out to track at an earlier event at Killarney International Raceway.

“Sadly, we have since been informed by medical center staff that he succumbed to his injuries later during the day time with his family present in the hospital”, said the spokesperson with regard to Killarney.

Mugjenkar was a member of the club and a regular competitor for several years and was affectionally known as ‘Doc’ at the racetrack and to many others as a professional medical doctor.

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Killarney also said: “The Western State Motor Golf club extends the heartfelt condolences to their family. Our thoughts plus prayers are with them from this sad time.

“The matter will be fully investigated to determine the exact cause associated with the accident. ”


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