U.S. Sprinter Torrin Lawrence Killed In Car Crash

Torrin Lawrence was a 400m specialist. Photo: www.photorun.net

The 25-year-old helped the U.S. win gold at the IAAF World Relays in May.

Torrin Lawrence, a sprinter who represented the United States at the IAAF World Relays in May, died early Monday in a car accident. He was 25 years old.

Lawrence helped the Americans win gold at the IAAF Relays in the 4x400m event. A month later at the U.S. Outdoor Championships, Lawrence finished ninth in the 400m.

Lawrence was a former standout athlete for the University of Georgia, as he won the 2010 NCAA indoor 400m title. During that season, Lawrence ran the fastest three times in the world recorded that year. His best time, a 45.03, equals the sixth best indoor time in history, according to the IAAF.

According to NBC Sports, Lawrence was driving on Interstate 75 near Cordele, Ga., when his tires blew out. After coming to rest in the middle lane, he was talking to a 911 dispatcher when his car was struck by a tractor trailer.

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