The son of a British couple killed together with their friend in a horror accident in South Africa talked about his grief while neighbors described how the couple was devoted to each other, charity and God & # 39 ;.
Chris Naylor, 58, and his learned wife Susanna Naylor, died when the vehicle in which they found themselves was diving from a bridge in a river along the famous 450-mile garden route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth on Monday.
Their friend, mother of four Miranda Harris, 66, was also killed in the crash, while Miranda & # 39; s husband Peter, 67, was seriously injured.
Chris and Susanna & # 39; s son Samuel, 28 years old, spoke to Mailonline today from his family's terraced house in Oxfordshire: & # 39; We still agree with what happened. & # 39;
Devastated neighbors said the couple devoted their lives to others.
The two married couples were on their way to an airport to fly back to England after driving to Port Elizabeth on Monday afternoon when their vehicle crashed over a bridge and crashed 75 ft into a thunder river.
Three of the four Britons involved in the crash were highly respected Christian charity bosses and the other was a senior teacher at the £ 17,000 annually Christ Church Cathedral School in Oxford, Oxon.
Peter Harris (left), 67, survived the crash, but his wife Miranda (center), 66, was killed alongside good friend Chris Naylor (right), 58, and his wife Susanna
Accident victims Susanna Naylor, 54, and husband Chris Naylor, 58, both of whom died in the South Africa accident
The inverted wreck of the Toyota station wagon is half under water after a crash over the edge of the Swartkops bridge in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Samuel Naylor today thanked the benefactors for their condolences and said he did not intend to go to South Africa because a family member who worked there would make arrangements for the repatriation of the bodies to the UK.
Samuel, who has a younger sister Chloe and younger brother Joshua, said they had worked closely with the charity his father worked for because the neighbor paid tribute to the couple's dedication to their work.
The three adult children Chloe, Joshua and Samuel of the Naylor also made a joint statement in the aftermath of the death of their parents, in which they talked about their pain while describing their parents as inspiring.
The explanation was: & # 39; After the loss of our parents, Chris and Susanna, the pain we have felt in recent days is hard to describe. We as their children are extremely proud of them and of everything they stood for in their lives.
& # 39; We especially remember their friendships, their generosity, deep kindness and empathy, love for others, courage and their lifelong belief and work. They were inspiring in every way.
& # 39; Since the sad news, we support each other and are surrounded by the love and support of family, church, and friends. We are also very grateful to A Rocha and the Christchurch Cathedral School for giving each of them opportunities to do what they loved, and for remembering so well in their public statements.
& # 39; We are currently requesting that the privacy of the family is respected. & # 39;
Neighbors in the quiet Cotswold village of Shipton below Wychwood spoke about their shock and sorrow about the loss of the couple.
& # 39; It's just so sad. They were committed to each other, charity and God, & a neighbor said.
& # 39; It will take a while to realize that they will never be heard. It's such a & # 39; n tragedy. & # 39;
Another neighbor added: & # 39; We heard the news recently and couldn't believe it.
& # 39; They dedicated their lives to others. Sometimes life is very unfair & # 39;
The Naylors lived in a terraced house on a postcard made of honey-colored Cotswold stone and built over 200 years ago.
Former pastor Peter Harris, who founded charity A Rocha International with his wife Miranda Harris, was the only one in the group to survive.
Victim of a car accident Susanna Naylor, 54, pictured with a science lesson. The three adult children Chloe, Joshua and Samuel of the Naylor made a statement in the aftermath of the death of their parents, in which they talked about their pain while describing their parents as inspiring
Peter and the driver are critical but stable after being rushed to St. George & # 39; s hospital in Port Elizabeth. They were still pulled from the wreck of their half-sunken silver station wagon.
Tragically, three are friends were killed by bone violence and did not drown in the Swartkops river below. The post-death day that was completed this morning showed that Susanna Naylor, 54, husband Chris, 58, and Miranda Harris, 66, died of either the barrier collision or landing.
HeraldLIVE said the findings were confirmed to them by an official who refused to be named, but said the report was handed over to the South African police after the death to release details.
Two of Peter's & # 39; s children have since arrived in Port Elizabeth to be at his bedside, but have refused to talk to the media. It is understood that the driver Thando Kalipa, 55, is recovering well.
It is said that he told the police that he suspected that a car behind them had hit their trailer with the luggage of the British tourist behind the Toyota double station wagon.
It is thought that the collision with the trailer and the weight change caused the station wagon to hit the barrier and hit the edge and fall into the river and detectives were attractive to witnesses.
The local media cited police sources that said investigators are now investigating a potential triple culpable murder case, but police spokesman Colonel Sibongile Soci does not want to go further.
The foursome had enjoyed a 10-day combination of adventure and working holiday in South Africa, where A Rocha field groups were visited and took the time to enjoy safaris in the wild.
They had started their journey home when their double car with Toyota station wagon and luggage cart collided with a Chrysler Neon when they crossed the Swartkops bridge.
The two vehicles rode in the same direction over the 300-meter-long bridge when it was thought that a gust of wind blew the trailer of the British vehicle into a car that was driving next to them.
The resulting impact turned the station wagon with the terrified Harris & # 39; s and Naylor & # 39; s in over the guardrail and crashed it 75 feet into the river breaking the roof.
Fellow motorists left their cars behind and ran down the dike, helped by the locals, waded deep water in the chest and pulled all the passengers out of the vehicle.
Peter Harris, 67, who was left in a serious state after the crash in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The Swartkops river bridge in Port Elizabeth, where three British tourists were killed when their vehicle crashed over the edge
Tragically, mother-of-three Susanna Naylor, head of science at an Oxfordshire prep school and a former charity worker with A Rocha and her husband Chris was murdered.
Friend Peter Harris who survived was a former English teacher at £ 36,000 a year Christ's Church school in Horsham, Sussex, and a former Anglican clergyman in Liverpool.
His wife Miranda helped him set up the charity A Rocha – what & # 39; The Rock & # 39; means – who opened their first field study conservation project in Portugal 36 years ago in 1983.
Their worldwide Christian organization has spread to more than 20 countries, including the US, Brazil, South America, the Middle East, Australia, Canada and Africa and is based in the United Kingdom.
The charity has an income of £ 5 million a year from government grants, trust funds, donations and churches and calls itself an & # 39; international network of environmental organizations with a Christian ethos & # 39;
The charity has 145 employees and a worldwide network of 850 volunteers and is looking for new countries to work in.
The Harris & # 39; s had spent their lives since 1983 growing the charity and traveling the world promoting his work in many different countries before settling back in the UK.
Among their many projects are the Captive Elephant Welfare Program in India, the Atewa Forest Project in Ghana, the Kenya Bird Map Project and helping to combat the fires in the Amazon.
They live in the village of West Lavington, Wilts, in a house that has been chosen to be close to the homes of their 4 adult children.
Victim Chris Naylor from Oxford, Oxon, is a former natural sciences teacher with a Masters Degree from Cambridge University. He joined the charity in 1997 and was named CEO in 2010.
Victims Peter Harris, 67, who survived the crash and his wife Miranda, 66, who was killed. Harris is a former English teacher at £ 36,000 a year Christ's Church school in Horsham, Sussex, and a former Anglican clergyman in Liverpool
Car accident victim Peter Harris, 67, is an ornithologist and is depicted here with a bird of prey
His brilliant scholarly wife Susanna earned an MA in medicine from the University of Cambridge, where she met him and then moved south to graduate with a BA in clinical medicine at Oxford University.
She then graduated with an MA in Advanced Educational Practice at Oxford Brookes University, allowing her to become a teacher and in 1987 she married university beloved Chris.
The dedicated couple had been married for 32 years and after both degrees moved to Kuwait to become teachers, but fled after the Iraqi Saddam Hussein invaded in 1990.
When the war was over, they returned to Kuwait and then traveled through the Middle East to teach in Jordan and Lebanon before returning to the UK in 1997 to join the charity A Rocha.
Susanna, however, missed teaching and became head of science at Kitebrook Prep School in the Cotswolds and had just moved to the same position at Christ Church Cathedral School when she was murdered.
The historic boys' school was founded by King Henry VIII in 1546 and offers choirs for English cathedrals.
The four best friends who had known each other for more than 25 years were driven to the airport by a driver from the Kuzoko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth.
They had spent two nights in the 15,000-acre game reserve with the Big 5 of lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos, and elephants, enjoying daily game drives and walking safaris.
They were a short drive to the airport when a tragedy struck the 300-meter bridge across the Swartkops River below.
Eastern Cape Department of Transport spokesman Khuselwa Rantjie said the accident occurred Monday at 11.45 am and a culpable murder case had been opened.
The three victims were pulled out of the wreck and declared dead on the spot by a doctor and the two survivors were stretched back to the road and hurried to the hospital.
A Rocha International spokesperson said: “Peter and Miranda Harris, co-founders of A Rocha, and Chris Naylor, our CEO and his wife Susanna, were involved in a horrific car accident in South Africa.
& # 39; Miranda, Chris and Susanna did not survive. Peter and the driver of the car are treated in a local hospital and are in a stable state and we are waiting for further news.
& # 39; Above all, their families and friends are kept in our prayers. We know this is a big shock to everyone in the A Rocha family and to many others around the world & # 39 ;.
Peter Harris, 67, who survived a horrible traffic accident in South Africa where his wife Miranda Harris, 66, was killed
Susanna Naylor, 54, pictured with husband Chris Naylor, 58, both killed in the crash. The four best friends who had known each other for more than 25 years were driven to the airport by a driver from the Kuzoko Lodge in the Addo Elephant National Park near Port Elizabeth
An A Rocha member in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where they have a center and who asked not to be mentioned, said: & I met them last week and they were wonderful people.
& # 39; They said they were on a dream vacation, although it was also a work trip and they said they ended it with a trip to the Addo Elephant National Park to see the Big 5.
& # 39; The co-founder Peter said he was crazy about wild birds and said he was looking forward to photographing them in Addo and told me there were more than 400 species in the wild.
& # 39; I can't believe that three of the nicest people took us that way and I pray for Peter to survive. These people were all devout Christians devoted to God.
& # 39; You can really wonder when people like them are taken from us in such tragic circumstances and we all pray for their children and friends in the UK, she said.
A spokesperson for Kuzuko Lodge, where the four had stayed, expressed his condolences to the two families involved.
The Naylor & # 39; s have three adult children Chloe, Joshua and Sam and the Harris & # 39; s have four adult children who all live near their Wiltshire home and have six grandchildren.
The three bodies will be flown to the UK after post mortars have been carried out to determine whether they have been killed by the impact of the water or by subsequent drowning.
A Foreign Ministry spokesperson told MailOnline: “We are supporting the families of two British couples after a car accident in Port Elizabeth where three people died and one was seriously injured. Our employees are in contact with the South African authorities. & # 39;
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