One of the first people at the scene of the tragic car accident involving Andrew Symonds has described the heartbreaking moments when his dog refused to leave him
One of Andrew Symonds’ pet dogs refused to leave him in his final moments, an eyewitness has revealed.
The former Australian cricket star was involved in a tragic car crash in Queensland over the weekendwith police confirming: ‘Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, but he died of his injuries.’
Their statement also added: “The Forensic Unit is investigating. Initial inquiries suggested that Symonds’ car ‘left the pavement and rolled’. He was the only human in the vehicle, but his two heeled dogs bruises were with him and survived.
Since the heartbreaking news, tributes have poured in for the man who was involved in two ODI World Cup wins and a Ashes triumphs with the Baggy Greens. And now Babetha Neliman, who along with her boyfriend Waylon Townson was quick to the scene, has described how one of the dogs protected the star.
“When we got there, we could see an upside down car with a man in it,” Babetha told the Mail Mail. The country music Symonds was listening to was still playing, while the two dogs had escaped.
“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,” she continued. “He just growled every time we tried to move him or get close to him.” In a instagram post from eight years ago, Symonds called her blue-heeled pup her ‘new best friend’
“I think I found my new best friend, in your opinion,” he wrote. The post drew more than 500 likes, and some followers revisited it on Sunday after the news broke.
Symonds has played 26 Tests, 198 One-Day Internationals and 14 Twenty20s for Australia between 1998 and 2009. And a host of former teammates took to social media to pay their respects.
Adam Gilchrist wrote, “Think of your most loyal, funniest, most loving friend who would do anything for you. It’s Roy.” Jason Gillespie added: “Horrible news to wake up to. Completely devastated. We will all miss you mate.”
Former Australian national team player and head coach Darren Lehmann said: “Take care up there big man. I loved him so much and our thoughts are with the family at this time.”
TV presenter Piers Morgan was another to offer words of tribute, saying: ‘Devastating news to wake up to…another Australian cricketing legend has been taken from us far too soon.
“Andrew Symonds, 46, killed in a car accident just two months after the death of his great friend Shane Warne. Magnificent all-rounder, wonderful character, Australian sports icon. RIP ‘Roy’. The nickname ‘Roy’ comes from other players thinking he looked like Brisbane Bullets basketball star Leroy Loggins.