Killarney race event canceled after fatal crash on track

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Dr Shaheed Mugjenkar in his Opel Kadett racing car during a previous event at Killarney International Raceway.

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

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

According to a statement from Killarney International Raceway, Dr Shaheed Mugjenkar lost control of his Opel Kadett drag racing car after the finish line; the car veered onto the drag strip and rolled several times before hitting the crash barriers, eventually landing on its side.

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Marshals and medical personnel were immediately present and Mugjenkar was taken to hospital in critical condition.

“Unfortunately we have since been informed by hospital staff that he succumbed to his injuries later today with his family present in hospital,” a Killarney spokesperson said.

Mugjenkar was a member of the club and a regular competitor for several years and was affectionately known as ‘Doc’ on the racecourse and by many others as a professional doctor.

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Killarney also said: “The Western Province Motor Club sends its deepest condolences to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad time.

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

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