A fatal crash at Killarney International Raceway over the weekend claimed the life of a well-known Cape Town community doctor, Shaheed Mugjenkar.
Participants and fans of the drag racing, short circuit and rallycross event could never have preempted the tragedy. What was supposed to be a day filled with excitement and community quickly changed at high-speed to a sombre Saturday.
Dr Mugjenkar, a member of the club and familiar participant, was taking part in the drag racing event. According to Killarney International Raceway, he lost control of his Opel Kadett after he had crossed the finish line.
The car veered across the drag strip and proceeded to roll multiple times until it hit the safety 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 executive manager Des Easom expressed that the club and the controlling body of motorsport in SA will be investigating 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. The Janaazah proceedings for him saw myriads of people in attendance, a testament to how many lives he touched, as friend Jody van Schoor expressed.