Pedrie Wannerburg, who played for the South African national rugby team, died in a car crash Friday (April 22). Authorities said Wannerburg’s car was hit by an incoming vehicle at high speed.

According to the New York Post, 41-one-year-old Wannerburg was inside the vehicle with his wife Evette and their daughter Isabelle and son Francois when the accident occurred in Texas.

The collision took place when cops tried to stop a 16-year-old driver outside of Houston, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Wannenburg’s 8-year-old son was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.

His wife and 10-year-old daughter were not injured in the car wreck. The suspect, Ali Alabadi. struck three vehicles, and a fourth that could not stop in time also collided with the scene.


“One of our units attempted to conduct a traffic stop at Greenhouse Rd & Little York when the vehicle fled. The suspect vehicle then struck two other vehicles.”

A total of six people were hospitalized during Friday’s car wreck, the local fire department said. Alabadi was driving at 100 miles per hour when his vehicle collided with the player’s car.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this sad story. RIP.

Manik Aftab

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