Driver in fatal Pedrie Wannenburg crash charged with 'felony murder' - Sheriff

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Pedrie Wannenburg (Gallo)
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The driver involved in the car accident that killed former Springbok Pedrie Wannenburg has been charged with "felony murder", according to Harris County sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

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Wannenburg, who played 20 Tests, was killed in a multi-vehicle crash in Texas as a high-speed police chase ended in tragic circumstances. 

In a series of tweets on Saturday afternoon, Gonzalez provided an update on developments surrounding the accident. 

It had earlier been confirmed that police had attempted to pull over a 16-year-old suspect, only for the car to speed away and lead to a chase. The suspect eventually crashed into the back of Wannenburg's car near an intersection.

Gonzalez further stated that the 41-year-old Wannenburg - along with his son Francois - was flown to hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

The latest update confirmed that an eight-year-old passenger, expected to be Wannenburg's son, was "in critical condition". 

"The suspect. 16 yrs of age, has been charged with felony murder, Reckless Aggravated Assault-Serious Bodily Injury, and 3X Aggravated Assault-Bodily Injury [sic]," Gonzalez's tweet read.

Felony murder is a charge laid when death is unintended, but ultimately caused in the act of a felony. 

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