Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie, former SA Cricketer, dies in car crash
Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie, a former all-rounder for South Africa, has been in a fatal car crash, which also involved her child.
Former cricketer for the South Africa Women’s World Cup Died in Car Crash
The police have officially confirmed the announcement of Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie passing on after being involved in a car crash. According to a police spokesperson, the fatal accident took place in Stilfontein, the northwestern mining town.
The cricketer’s child was also involved in the accident, which occurred on Friday. The child also tragically lost their lives alongside Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie who was only 25 at the time of her death.
Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie Involvement in Cricket
During her professional cricket career, Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie played for the South African team in four international matches, i.e. three ODIs (One Day International) and a Twenty20. She was also among the players who formed the country’s World Cup squad in 2013.
In these four matches, Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie was representing the Proteas team, which is the national Women’s cricket team in South Africa. As a precursor to being part of South Africa’s squad in the Women’s World Cup, 2013, Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie debuted on the ODI scene in the match against Sri Lanka women, which was held in Cuttack. In her last match as a member of the South Africa Women’s squad, the cricketer played against Bangladesh Women in the same year.
After the National Team
Before playing for the national women’s cricket team, Elriesa Theunissen-Fourie was involved in club cricket at North West Dragons. Prior to the birth of her child, the former cricketer also coached teams at the grassroots level
Reaction to the Tragic News from the Larger Cricket Community
Thabang Moroe the chief executive of CSA (Cricket South Africa) has registered his shock at the news saying that it is not only devastating news for everyone but in every sense of the word also a dreadful tragedy.
The CSA CEO, stated that the cricketer had been very involved in her community giving excellent service as a player of the national team, worth taking note of, as well as a coach for teams at the grassroots level. Moroe, on behalf of the CSA family, extended sympathy to the widower Rudy, her extended family and friends as well as cricket colleagues.
Dane van Niekerk, the captain of South Africa team took to social media wishing a gentle rest to the departed and calling for the coming together of her friends and family.
Road Carnages in South Africa
Despite continuous campaigns to stop road carnages, the death toll arising from car accidents continues to rise. Within the past ten years close to 135 000 people have perished because of road crashes.
Preliminary road fatality statistics for the past ten years suggest that the current road safety initiatives employed within the country are simply not effective. Going by 2017 statistics, South Africa saw 14 050 people perish in road crashes in 2017. Although this number was lower than that seen in 2016 (14 071), it is still higher than the car crash fatalities from 2008 through to 2015.
An Increased Number of Car Crash Fatalities
The released 2018/19 festive period road fatality data released by the Department of Transport show that a little over 1600 people perished on SA roads during this festive season. Although this number has been presented as a 7% decrease to last year’s data of the same time, Howard Dembovsky, the lead at Justice Project South Africa, challenged this stating that in the like-for-like data comparison there actually was a 2.5%.
The 2018 statistics were based on reports made between 1 December 2018 and 8 January 2019.
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