A three-time Olympic sprinter and former NCAA champion at Texas A&M died when his car drifted across lanes and collided with another vehicle in Texas.  

Deon Lendore, 29, a bronze medal-winning sprinter for Trinidad & Tobago, died on Monday after his car drifted across the center line, sideswiped a vehicle and then collided with an SUV, said Sgt. Bryan Washko, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. 

Texas A&M coach Pat Henry said Lendore was driving home from practice, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach for his alma mater, when the crash happened.

Lendore died at the scene. The driver of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, DPS said. 

The driver of the vehicle sideswiped by Lendore before the collision was not injured. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Texas A&M's volunteer assistant coach Deon Lendore, 29, died in a car crash on Monday. The Olympic sprinter is pictured celebrating after running the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay during the NCAA indoor track and field championships in 2015

Texas A&M's volunteer assistant coach Deon Lendore, 29, died in a car crash on Monday. The Olympic sprinter is pictured celebrating after running the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay during the NCAA indoor track and field championships in 2015

Texas A&M’s volunteer assistant coach Deon Lendore, 29, died in a car crash on Monday. The Olympic sprinter is pictured celebrating after running the anchor leg of the 1,600 relay during the NCAA indoor track and field championships in 2015 

Lendore, left, won the bronze medal in the men's 4x400 relay for Trinidad & Tobago during the 2012 London Olympic Games with his team mates

Lendore, left, won the bronze medal in the men's 4x400 relay for Trinidad & Tobago during the 2012 London Olympic Games with his team mates

Lendore, left, won the bronze medal in the men’s 4×400 relay for Trinidad & Tobago during the 2012 London Olympic Games with his team mates 

Lendore poses during the medal ceremony for the men's 400-meter final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2018

Lendore poses during the medal ceremony for the men's 400-meter final at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2018

Lendore recently competed for Trinidad & Tobago in a heat in the men's 400-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics in August

Lendore recently competed for Trinidad & Tobago in a heat in the men's 400-meter run at the 2020 Summer Olympics in August

Lendore competed across the world, winning medals in the World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2018 (left) and recently racing in the Tokyo Olympics (right).

Lendore 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. 

In 2014, he went undefeated through 14 races at 400 meters while winning individual NCAA indoor and outdoor championships.

‘He epitomized hope and joy each time his feet landed on the track,’ Trinidad Minister of Sport and Community Development Shamfa Cudjoe said. 

‘He was indeed a trailblazer, a life gone too soon. We thank him for everything he has done and for giving distinguished and diligent service to TT.’

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

‘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.’ 

The Texas A&M Track and Field/Cross Country posted a tribute to their late coach on Tuesday.

‘It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Deon Lendore,’ the team wrote on Twitter. 

‘An inspiration and motivator to those around him, the impact he had not only on Aggie track & field, but across the world, will be greatly missed. 

The Trinidad & Tobago Olympic team expressed similar heartbreak over the death of their sprinter. 

‘Words cannot adequately express our sadness at the devastating and untimely loss of 3x Olympian and Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist Deon Lendore who has been an inspiration and motivation to us all both on an off the track,’ the team wrote on Twitter.  

Deon Lendore served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M. He is pictured running at the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia, in 2014

Deon Lendore served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M. He is pictured running at the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia, in 2014

Deon Lendore served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M. He is pictured running at the Penn Relays, in Philadelphia, in 2014

Source: Daily Mail

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