Former Springbok rugby player Pedrie Wannenburg has been killed in a car accident.
News of the tragedy emerged on Saturday following the fatal incident in the US on Friday, which is reported to have happened when a high-speed police chase ended in a multi-vehicle collision.
According to local news reports in Harris County, Houston, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a deputy had attempted to pull over a 16-year-old suspect, only for the car to speed away and lead to a chase.
It is believed the 41-year-old sportsman was driving with his family when his vehicle got hit by a car driven by a teenager who was evading the police during a high-speed chase.
The suspect eventually crashed into the back of Wannenburg’s car near an intersection. The 41-year-old, along with his son Francois, was flown to hospital but later died to his injuries.
His son is reported to be undergoing treatment, while wife Evette and daughter Isabelle escaped serious injury. The driver and two passengers of the suspect vehicle were taken to hospital.
He previously represented the South African Blue Bulls in the southern hemisphere Super 14 competition and was the first player to play 99 consecutive games and 100 games for the Bulls.
In 2002, Wannenburg made his first test appearance for the Springboks against France.
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