Deon Lendore, an Olympic bronze medal-winning sprinter for Trinidad & Tobago and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M, has reportedly passed away. He was 29.
According to the Associated Press, Lendore died in a head-on vehicle collision in Texas on Monday (January 10). His vehicle reportedly drifted across the center line, sideswiped a vehicle and then collided with a sport-utility vehicle, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Bryan Washko.
Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said Lendore, a volunteer assistant coach at the university, was driving home from practice when the crash happened.
“I can’t even express this loss,” Henry said. “Over the years our relationship had changed to not only one of my athletes to coach, but he was loved by my wife, children and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it really hurts.”
DPS said Lendore died at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, the AP reports.
While at A&M as a sprinter in 2014, Lendore went undefeated through 14 races at 400 meters while winning the individual NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. He also ran in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympics and anchored Trinidad & Tobago to a bronze medal in the 1,600-meter relay in London in 2012.