High-speed crash at Killarney racing event claims life of beloved doctor

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A fatal crash at Killarney International Raceway over the weekend claimed the life of well-known Cape Town community doctor Shaheed Mugjenkar.

Participants and fans of drag racing, short circuit and rallycross could never have anticipated the tragedy. What was supposed to be a day filled with excitement and community quickly turned at high speed into a gloomy Saturday.

Club member and familiar participant Dr. Mugjenkar was taking part in the drag racing event. According to Killarney International Raceway, he lost control of his Opel Kadett after crossing the finish line.

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The car veered onto the drag strip and continued to roll several times until it hit the crash barriers according to Killarney’s statement.

The event was stopped and Dr. Mugjenkar was taken to hospital where he would later succumb to his injuries, surrounded by his family.

According to IOL, WPMC chief executive Des Easom said the club and South Africa’s motorsport control body would investigate the crash.

Tributes have since poured in on social media for Dr Mugjenkar who has been described as ‘the most humble person’, much more than a doctor and a ‘local legend’ to those who knew him. Janaazah’s proceedings for him saw myriads in attendance, a testament to the number of lives he touched, as expressed by his friend Jody van Schoor.

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