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Grief-stricken: Melvyn Shanesh, who witnessed the tragic death of his father Satish (inset), being consoled by a relative at the Putrajaya Hospital. — GLENN GUAN / The Star
PUTRAJAYA: While his two sons watched in horror, veteran safety marshal Satish Suppiah was killed when a superbike ploughed into him during a practice session for the Malaysian Super Series Bikes at the Sepang International Circuit.
Satish, 44, succumbed to multiple injuries shortly after arriving at the Putrajaya Hospital.
His two sons Mark Sudesh, 20, and Melvyn Shanesh, 15, had joined their father as safety marshals for the race, eager to share their father’s passion for motorsports.
Met at the Putrajaya Hospital mortuary, Mark Sudesh said the practice session for the 250cc class was winding up and his father was waving the chequered flag at the finish line when one of the riders ploughed into him.
The rider, believed to be one Muhammad Izzat, is critical but in stable condition at the Putrajaya Hospital.
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.
“All I could do was watch in horror as the motorcycle dragged my father along the circuit,” Mark Sudesh said.
“Safety officials rushed to his aid. My brother and I followed,” he said.
Melvyn Shanesh said his father had a faint pulse following the accident and both siblings tried to talk to him.
“He didnt make it.
“He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital,” he said in between sobs.
Mark Sudesh said his father encouraged his participation in
motorsports and always supported his participation in legitimate motorcycle races.
Satish’s father Nathaniel Suppiah said the funeral would be held today at their house in Jalan Peel (Jalan Syahbandar) in Cheras before the body is laid to rest at the Cheras Christian Cemetery.
“Satish was very passionate about motorsports and has been actively taking part as a safety marshal for car and motorcycle races since 2001,” he said.
Satish’s daughter Melysha Sinodhini, 14, was distraught over the tragic death of her father. The three siblings would be staying with Nathaniel following the incident.
Sepang OCPD Supt Imran Abdul Rahman said the accident occurred at around 12.30pm.
“The victim was rushed to the Putrajaya hospital but was pronounced dead upon at around 2.05pm,” he said, adding that the rider who hit Satish sustained head injuries was receiving treatment at the same hospital.
The incident comes nearly two years after MotoGP racer Marco Simoncelli was killed during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Oct 23, 2011.
Simoncelli was only 24 when he died of injuries sustained after crashing on the second lap of the Sepang MotoGP race.
SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said the incident was being investigated and the circuit management was awaiting a report on the incident.
Razlan and circuit chairman Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir offered condolences to Satish’s family.
“It is unfortunate that another tragic track accident took place today and we are sad it involved a track marshal this time,” added Razlan.
The third round of the Malaysian Super Series has been cancelled and new dates for round four will be announced in due time.
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