HOUSTON, TX. (THECOUNT) — Pedrie Wannenburg has been identified as the victim of a fatal vehicle crash involving a suspect in a police chase Friday in Texas.
Wannenburg, a beloved former rugby player and coach, was killed in a crash on Greenhouse Road in Houston on Friday.
According to reports, a 16-year-old driver has been charged with murder, reckless aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, and three counts of aggravated assault with bodily injury.
Wannenburg was operating a vehicle containing his wife, Evett, their 8-year-old son, and 10-year-old daughter, when the vehicle was hit by a teenager who was fleeing from authorities. The chase suspect came into contact with three vehicles in total.
Two passengers inside the teen suspect’s vehicle were uninjured in the crash.
Wannenburg was killed in the collision. His 8-year-old son was listed in critical condition at an area hospital. His wife was also traveling in the vehicle, according to a report. The young girl’s condition was not provided.
Wannenburg played rugby union in South Africa and for teams in North America before a coaching career with the then-Austin Elite team.
I am shattered,have no words, my friend Pedrie Wannenburg passed away in a car accident. His family was in the car with him. Devastating news RIP wonderful man. You will be missed so much. My heart goes out to Evett and the kids. Keeping you in my heart and prayers. pic.twitter.com/1elIZf8Gps
— Eugene (Loffie) Eloff (@LoffieEloff) April 23, 2022
Former teammate Stephen Farris called 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.”