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Former rugby standout killed in NW Harris Co. crash with chase suspect

Pedrie Wannenburg performed for groups in South Africa and Europe earlier than persevering with his career in the U.S. He was thought-about a legendary participant by teammates.

HOUSTON — The sufferer of a deadly crash with a suspect in a police chase was a widely known former rugby participant and coach, in accordance with a number of sources together with former teammates.

Pedrie Wannenburg, 41, died Friday in a crash alongside Greenhouse Road, in accordance with Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Wannenburg’s passengers, an 8-year-old boy, and a 10-year-old lady have been additionally in the car once they have been hit by a teen who was working from authorities, Gonzalez stated. The chase suspect hit three autos. 

The 16-year-old suspect has been charged with homicide, reckless aggravated assault with severe bodily harm, and three counts of aggravated assault with bodily harm, in accordance with Gonzalez. Two passengers contained in the suspect car weren’t harm.

The 8-year-old sufferer in Wannenburg’s car, identified by Reuters as his son, was in crucial situation at a hospital. His spouse was additionally in the automobile, in accordance with the report.

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Condolences from around the globe started circulating on social media quickly after Wannenburg was recognized as a sufferer of the crash.

“We are devastated at the passing of Vodacom Bulls legend Pedrie Wannenburg,” his former team tweeted.

“I am shattered.. have no words. Just heard that my friend Pedrie Wannenburg passed away in a car accident,” his former coach, Loffie Eloff, tweeted.

Wannenburg performed rugby union in South Africa and for groups in North America earlier than a training career with the then-Austin Elite team.

Former teammate Stephen Farris referred to as Wannenburg a rugby legend.

“Pedrie was a legend of the game and one of the nicest guys you could ever meet,” he tweeted. “Thoughts are with his wife Evette and his young kids.”

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