Former University of Georgia and Team USA track and field standout Torrin Lawrence was killed early Monday when a tractor-trailer hit his car on Interstate 75 near Cordele, the school has confirmed. He was 25.
The accident occurred when Lawrence’s car blew a tire and came to a stop in a southbound lane near Exit 94, according to a WALB-TV report citing Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock. WALB reports that Lawrence’s car was then struck by the truck, throwing him from the vehicle and killing him. However, Hancock told an NBC OlympicTalk reporter, “We’re not exactly sure where he was in relation to the car.”
A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Lawrence was a seven-time All-American and three-time Southeastern Conference champion who won the NCAA 400-meter championship in 2010. He still holds three school records.
“In speaking for the UGA track and field community, I am shocked and pained with news of Torrin’s death,” Georgia head track and field coach Wayne Norton said in a statement. “First, my prayers for comfort are for Torrin’s mother and family. Second, this makes me reflect on Torrin and remember him as one of the greatest talents I have ever seen in our sport and as gentle man.”
More recently, Lawrence earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S.’s 4×400 relay team at the IAAF World Relays in May.
“We were devastated to learn of Torrin’s passing early this morning,” USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and everyone who knew him. Torrin represented USATF with pride and passion, and had an incredible future ahead of him. We join those who will miss him deeply.”
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