Young Cyclist

Maxwell du Plooy Photo: Facebook

Young cyclist killed in horrific accident remembered for warm personality

The young cyclist who was killed when a car ploughed into a group of cyclists was remembered for his warm personality and beautiful smile.

Young Cyclist

Maxwell du Plooy Photo: Facebook

The young cyclist in his mid 20’s, who was killed after he was pinned under the car and dragged for several meters on Saturday, was remembered for his warm personality and beautiful smile.


Maxwell du Plooy was cycling with a group when a car struck them on the R102, near Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal. 

IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst said it was reported that a vehicle had allegedly been overtaking several cars on a blind rise, when the vehicle struck a group of cyclists.”

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Herbst said a young cyclist in his mid 20’s, was unfortunately pinned under the vehicle and dragged for several meters, where he remained trapped under the car. 

“IPSS advanced life support paramedics and rescue crews worked to free the boy. Unfortunately, he had sustained multiple injuries and was declared dead on the scene.”

Maxwell matriculated in 2016 from Clifton College in Durban. 

The Clifton College said it was devastated to hear of the tragic passing of Max du Plooy, who was part of the Class of 2016. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his parents Mark and Laura, his brother Theo, and his sister Georgina, their extended family, his girlfriend, Sarah, and his many, many friends.”

Maxwell’s mentor teacher, Karl Bresler, had the following to say:

“Max du Plooy was one of those people who always made you comfortable in his presence. Whether it was his engaging smile or the way he gave you his full attention when you spoke with him, it was a pleasure to be in his company.

He was a remarkably empathetic young man, as borne out by the fact that he was the recipient of the Leighton Fellowship Award, which is voted for by the Matric year group.

“Max matriculated in 2016 from Clifton College. He represented the 1st Rugby XV, 1st Rugby 7’s Team, and the 2nd Water Polo Team. He was also a Prefect who was much loved for his authentic, caring, yet firm leadership.

“Max will be missed by everyone who knew him. Those who knew him, will never forget his calm, friendly and engaging manner. Thank you, Max! May you rest in peace.”

Maxwell joined the IEs Varsity College in 2017 and completed his BCom degree specializing in Financial Management.

“It is with shock and sadness that we heard about the tragic and fatal cycle accident of our dear alumni student Maxwell Oliver du Plooy. Max was a diligent student, and this is attested in him being awarded the degree with distinction in his 2020 graduation. Max will be dearly missed by his college friends, his lecturers, and VC staff.”

Maxwell was also remembered for being very passionate about running and cycling.