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Motorsports fraternity mourns Macharia

By Game Yetu | Aug 1st 2016 | 2 min read
Anthony Ndung'u Macharia a cameraman who was killed hit by a racing car at Jamhuri Park racetrack during the sixth round of the Kenya National Autocross Championship on July 30, 2016. [PHOTO: COURTESY]

The motorsport and media fraternity are reeling in shock and disbelief following the death of a cameraman hit by a racing car at Jamhuri Park racetrack during the sixth round of the Kenya National Autocross Championship.

Anthony Ndung’u Macharia was rushed to Karen Hospital by the event ambulance on Saturday afternoon and was pronounced dead at the ICU after succumbing to injuries suffered in the accident.

The cameraman, killed in the line of duty, met his demise while trying to retrieve his camera and tripod from the oncoming competition car, which was on two wheels.

Stewards called off the event moments after the first heat when the racing car clipped a bank on a straight during the official heat runs and went off into the path of the cameraman. The cameraman was reported to be in critical condition until the cruel hand of fate reached out with its infallible talons later in the evening.Multiple Safari Rally champion Tim Jessop condoled with the family.

“He was a dedicated young man who loved motorsport and all those involved and the motorsport fraternity will miss you Tony,” Jessop said.

Rally driver Jasminder Singh Bharij, who witnessed the accident, said: “I would think yes, it’s a sad day for this young man to pass away, I was there when it happened. May he rest in peace and may his family have comfort. At the same time, let us not forget the poor driver who only went out to have some fun that ended in this mishap. May he be comforted too, Robert Gow who is one of the most decent people that you will meet. Please have a thought for him too. Amen.”

Tonny Gichohi, a Two Wheel Drive navigator, said: “May he Rest In Peace. Condolences to his family and the Big City family.”

Mombasa-based all rounder Victor Okundi said: “So sad. Deepest condolences to his family n friends. May God grant His family strength to pull through this tough time.”

Frank Gitau, a rally official, said: “Too Sad to comprehend! Gone too soon - sincere condolences and may the family have strength at this trying time.

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