Buggy crash victim Jason Williams. PICTURE: Facebook
Buggy crash victim Jason Williams. PICTURE: Facebook

Friends mourn league player killed in freak buggy crash

FAMILY  and friends are mourning the death of "truly genuine bloke" Jason 'Snowflake' Williams, who was killed in a buggy accident in the Northern Territory on Saturday night.

Mr Williams, a Top End rugby league player, was driving his "fairly new" buggy along the beach at Gunn Point with a mate at about 11pm, when the pair hit a tidal drain and flipped.

Friends raced to help an unconscious­ Mr Williams and gave the 32-year-old CPR for more than an hour while they waited desperately for St John Ambulance to arrive.

Friends and family yesterday voiced their grief at the loss of Mr Williams who was described as "one of a kind", the "life of the party" and an "incredible listener".

Former rugby teammate Andrew Harrison couldn't believe what had happened.

"He was just one-of-a-kind," he said. "Just always having a good life ... He was one of those guys who would always listen if you had a problem, and then he'd really give you good advice."

Mr Williams was a Litchfield Bears player, having previously played for the Brothers Rugby League.

"It's such a big loss to everyone," Mr Harrison said.

"I know the boys were all headed down to the field to be together and remember­ him."

The Litchfield Bears posted a tribute to their Facebook page yesterday morning.

"Lost but never forgotten. Bears for life," the post read.

Teammates and friends commented on the post with messages of love.

"This young man was truly one of the most genuine young men I had the pleasure of knowing," Kim Power wrote.

"Thank you for always looking out for my boy - you will be missed immensely."

"You were one of the most genuine people I have ever met and one of the toughest and most reliable blokes I have ever played with," Rory Hancock posted on Facebook.

" ... You were always there mate and I will miss you dearly. It was an honour to call you my captain."

Police said alcohol was believed­ to be a factor in the crash and the occupants­ were not wearing helmets. The Territory road toll has risen to 20.

The other man in the buggy, Carl O'Brien, was flown to the Royal Darwin Hospital with a fractured arm.

Mr Williams is the third death within the Litchfield Bears Rugby League Club this year. Braden Scott, 22, was killed in a motorcycle accident in March while David Garwood, 22, was killed after his car rolled in July.

News Corp Australia

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