Teenager arrested for Pedrie Wannenburg fatal car accident

The Wannenburg family. Photo: Facebook

LATEST: Pedrie Wannenburg’s son ‘stable’ in hospital

The son of former Bok Pedrie Wannenburg is said to have responded well to treatment after the tragic crash that killed his father.

Teenager arrested for Pedrie Wannenburg fatal car accident

The Wannenburg family. Photo: Facebook

Wannenburg, who played 20 Tests for the Boks, was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Texas as a high-speed police chase resulted in a horror collision. His young son Francois was flown to the Texas Medical Center, which is about 30km from the accident scene.

Francois reportedly suffered serious head injuries, and was initially said to be in “critical” condition, but that has since improved.

“Francois is doing well, he is off the oxygen machine,” Pedrie’s younger brother, Callie, told Rapport in a WhatsApp message, adding that Francois had opened his eyes and was responding when people talked to him.

“He is stable and we’re very thankful.”

Wannenburg’s wife, Evette, and their 10-year-old daughter, Isabel, were also involved in the crash but escaped serious injuries.


According to local news station KHOU-11, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a deputy had attempted to pull over a teenage suspect, only for the car to speed away.

After failing to pull over, deputies say they were led on a short chase before the suspect’s vehicle went airborne and crashed into at least two other vehicles, one of which was that of Wannenburg.

According to the latest reports, the 16-year-old has been charged with “felony murder”, and will also face various other charges.

Tributes have poured in ever since the tragic news came to light, with many speaking about what a wonderful character Wannenburg was.

Wannenburg, who played 99 consecutive matches for the Bulls between 2002 and 2010, had settled in the USA in 2016, when he became one of the first high-profile South Africans to play on the country’s professional circuit for the Denver Stampede.

His family then relocated to Austin, where he worked in refrigeration and coached at local club West Houston Lions.

The Bulls released the following statement:

The Bulls mourn the loss of a Loftus Versfeld legend and ex-Springbok, Pedrie Wannenburg, who sadly lost his life in a motor vehicle accident in the early hours of Saturday morning in the United States of America, where he was currently based.

Wannenburg, 41, was an instrumental member of the Vodacom Bulls team between 2002 and 2010 where he amassed over 100 Vodacom Super Rugby caps for the side. During his time with the side, he also made 20 appearances for the Springboks between 2002 and 2007.

The former loose-forward had taken up coaching and was a mentor at Austin Elite in Texas at the time of his untimely death.

The Vodacom Bulls continue to pray for his son, who remains in a critical condition after being rushed to hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Evette, his children, family, former teammates and friends.

A moment of silence will be held in honour of Wannenburg ahead of the start of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship match between the Vodacom Bulls and Benetton Rugby.


Wannenburg played 20 Tests for the Springboks, making 20 starts and scoring three tries.

He made his Test debut at age 21 against France in Marseille in November 2002 and played his final test against the All Blacks in Christchurch in July 2007.

After his retirement in 2018, Wannenburg coached the Austin Elite Rugby side in North American Major League Rugby.

The South African website extends it’s condolences to Wannenburg’s family and friends.