Torrin Lawrence Dies; U.S. Sprinter Was 25

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Torrin Lawrence, a Gold Medal-winning track and field athlete, was killed this morning when his car was hit by a tractor trailer.

He was 25 years old.

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According to officials, Lawrence (who helped the U.S 4x400 relay team finish first at the IAAF World Relays) was driving in Georgia around 1:40 a.m. when his vehicle blew a tire and came to a stop.

Lawrence got out of to dial 911 when a big rig struck the car, knocking it into the track star. He died of injuries suffered in the wreck.

"Torrin represented USATF with pride and passion, and had an incredible future ahead of him. We join those who will miss him deeply,” said USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel in a statement.

Lawrence was a standout at the University of Georgia. He holds the NCAA record for fastest indoor 300m sprint.

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