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Torrin Lawrence, Team USA Track Star, Dies in Tragic Highway Crash

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By    |   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 11:15 AM

Torrin Lawrence, Team USA's gold-medalist track and field star, was killed Monday in a vehicle collision on Interstate 75 in Cordele, Georgia.

NBC affiliate WALB reported that one of Lawrence's car tires blew out, immobilizing the vehicle in the middle of traffic around 1:45 a.m. He called 911 to report the incident, however the vehicle was subsequently hit by a semi-truck before police arrived.

"We're not exactly sure where he was in relation to the car," Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock told NBC Sports. "He was caught up in the accident."

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Lawrence, 25, was a former University of Georgia athlete, and recently ran as a member of Team USA at the inaugural IAAF World Relays on May 24, earning a gold medal in the men’s 4x400 relay.

"We were devastated to learn of Torrin's passing early this morning," said USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel. "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."

The Florida native holds three school records at UGA, as well as Southeastern Conference and NCAA titles. He graduated in May of last year with a degree in sociology, and signed a Nike sponsorship after graduating.

Upon the news of his passing, many friends and supporters voiced their remembrances of Lawrence on social media sites, with some expressing extra sympathies for his family.







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