Shock as BBC radio presenter dies after being hit by a train

A BBC radio presenter, 40, has died after being hit by a train just months after giving birth to her second child in what her family believe was a “tragic accident”.

Mother-of-two Kelly Jobanputra, from Swindon, Wiltshire, left home on Friday lunchtime to go shopping but never returned.

She was struck by a train on railway lines between her hometown and Didcot Parkway at around 3pm.

Kelly, who turned 40 last month, gave birth to her second child at the end of last year.

She spent 15 years presenting on local BBC radio stations before producing a daytime show for Radio 6 Music before leaving the broadcaster in 2012.

She had previously written about her battle with post-natal depression, which she described as “like a very dark tunnel”.

Her devastated family have spoken about the tragedy, 15 years after Kelly’s brother Corrie Stooke died from an accidental heroin overdose aged 31.

Her father, John Stooke, told the Swindon Advertiser: “We are completely and utterly bereft to lose such a vibrant, attractive, courageous and well-loved family member at such a very young age.

“She was in good spirits when she left at lunchtime to go to Asda.

“It seems that, whilst the circumstances are not at all clear, this may well have been, in the end, an unintended and tragic accident.

“Our thoughts are not solely with the devastation to our own family. We also believe the train driver was naturally traumatised and he or she also remains very much in our thoughts and prayers.”

She was best known under her maiden name of Kelly Stooke, which she often used as a byline even after marrying her husband Vikesh Jobanputra.

The broadcaster was also a charity fundraiser for the Association for Post-Natal Illness and wrote about her own struggles with the condition after giving birth to her first child.

Writing in 2013 after completing a charity 10K run, she said: “This is a cause close to my heart as I think the work that the charity does is vital and life saving.

“I also want to say a big thank you to my husband Vikesh and my wonderful mum and dad for how much they helped me when I was ill after my daughter was born in 2011.

“To put it simply, they helped me find a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.”

She went on to become a writer for a string of websites while also working as a contributor for the Beeb and a marketing executive.

The mum-of-two regularly wrote reviews for the Swindon Advertiser and freelanced for the website 365 Bristol.

She also reviewed days out with her family under the Mum About Town moniker for Swindon Web, where she wrote about spending time with her seven-year-old daughter.

Her family have asked for their privacy to be respected as they grieve for Kelly.

An inquest into the cause and circumstances of Mrs Jobanputra’s death will be held at a later date.

Police are not treating her death as suspicious.