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A former South African rugby player died on Saturday in an accident with a Houston teenager who ran away from police

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) – Former South African rugby player Pedri Wainenberg was killed after his car was hit by a teenage driver who was fleeing police outside Houston. He was 41 years old.

South Africa Rugby announced Wanenberg’s death on Saturday and said he “represented his country” during his 20 Test appearances with the Springboks from 2002–07.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Wanenberg was pronounced dead on Friday evening after being taken to the regional hospital. His 8-year-old son was also hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said early Saturday.

Gonzalez said on Twitter that the 16-year-old driver of the car that hit Vanenberg’s vehicle and two others has been charged with felony, negligent aggravated assault – grievous bodily injury and three felony assaults – with bodily injury. The girl’s name was not released.

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Gonzalez said the driver fled after police tried to stop traffic.

Wainenberg made his debut for the Springboks in 2002 against France in Paris. He won several Super Rugby titles with the Pretoria-based Bulls in the 2000s.

“Pedri will be remembered as one of the first truly versatile loose forwards who could play in any position in the back row and, even though he only played 20 Tests, his record in the Bulls’ colours, during the period where Were dominating. All levels, almost unmatched,” South Africa’s rugby president Mark Alexander said in a statement.

Vannenberg went on to play for clubs in Ireland, France and the United States before retiring to begin coaching.

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