Former rugby player Pedri Vannenburg was killed in a chase-driven car crash in Northwest Harris County

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Former international rugby player Pedri Wannenburg died in a car accident after a police chase Friday night, according to Harris County Sheriffs’ Representatives.The car crash occurred shortly before 6 p.m. after a deputy was pursuing a 16-year-old suspect in northwest Harris County. The teen suspect hit two other cars after they fled near Greenhouse Road and Little York, according to the HCSO.

RELATED: 1 dead, 5 injured in car chase that ended in accident in northwest Harris CountyVannenberg, the driver of one of the vehicles that was bombed, was pronounced dead. Also in the car was an 8-year-old who was transported by LifeFlight and is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

Wannenburg played with the Vodacom Bulls and Springboks. He was based here in Texas and coached the Austin Elite rugby team in the North American Major League Rugby. He was also the technical director of the rugby club at Rice University.

Team captain, Jacob Kolsch, described Wannenburg as a humble, selfless father, dedicated athlete and father.

“He’s also coached his young sons’ team in the league, and you probably don’t have enough fingers to count the number of coaching jobs he’s had in the last year (or) in the half, on his own,” Kolsch said. “He’s just a very servant-minded, very selfless person. Very willing to put in his time and efforts.”

The team created a gofundme page to help the Wannenberg family.

Wannenburg was also an assistant coach for his son’s minor league team. The Brazos Little League gathered with members of the family neighborhood Saturday night for a prayer vigil.

Mandy McDougall, the association’s board assistant, told ABC13 she had visited the 8-year-old in hospital and said his condition was improving. McDougall said the Wannenburg family was a close-knit family that did everything together.

“They were such a nice family that everyone knows them,” McDougall said. Everyone loved them. Even if they only met a few times, because they leave a trail as a family. ”

The Brazos Little League has also started a gofundme program to help the family with funeral expenses.

His former team issued this tweet:

The deputies arrested the 16-year-old driver who fled. He also went to the hospital after the accident and was arrested on charges of premeditated murder, reckless assault, grievous bodily injury, and severe assault with fatal bodily injury.

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