Deon Lendore dead: Former Texas A&M track star and Trinidad Olympic medalist killed in crash

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Deon Lendore, Trinidad & Tobago Olympic bronze medalist sprinter and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, was killed in a head-on collision in Texas, state police said. . He is 29 years old.

Lendore, a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M, died in Milam County Monday after his car veered across the middle line, collided with a vehicle and then collided head-on with an SUV , Sgt said. Bryan Washko, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said Lendore was driving home from practice when the collision occurred.

Lendore died at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, DPS said. The driver of the vehicle that collided with Lendore before the collision was not injured. The cause of the crash is being investigated Tuesday.

Lendore ran in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics and led Trinidad & Tobago to a bronze medal in the 1,600 meter relay in London in 2012. In 2014, he was undefeated 14 races in the 400 metres while won the NCAA indoor and outdoor individual championships. .

“He is the epitome of hope and joy every time he sets foot on the track,” said Trinidad Minister of Sports and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe. “He is truly a frontrunner, a life that has passed too soon. We thank him for everything he has done and for his dedication to TT.”

Lendore has spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M while he continues to play professionally.

“I can’t even describe this loss,” Henry said. “Over the years, our relationship has changed not only from being an athlete to being a coach, but he’s also loved by my wife, kids and grandchildren. He’s a part of me. of my family. It’s heartbreaking, it’s really painful.”

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