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Team USA sprinter Torrin Lawrence killed in crash near Cordele

Team USA runner, former UGA star killed when semi hits his disabled vehicle on I-75

Torrin Lawrence, Team USA Track and Field runner and former University of Georgia sprinter, died in a car crash on I-75 in Crisp County early Monday. (Robert Newcomb/UGA)

Torrin Lawrence, Team USA Track and Field runner and former University of Georgia sprinter, died in a car crash on I-75 in Crisp County early Monday. (Robert Newcomb/UGA)

ALBANY — A well-known track star was the victim in a fatal crash that took place around 1:40 a.m. Monday about five miles south of Cordele on Intertstate Highway 75 in Crisp County.

Officials with Georgia State Patrol Post 30 in Cordele said that Team USA runner Torrin Lawrence, 25, was killed early Monday after experiencing car trouble.

Lawrence was reported to have been driving a 2004 Ford Taurus. His vehicle was disabled it had a flat rear tire on the driver’s side. The car was in the middle lane for southbound traffic on I-75, and Lawrence was outside checking the damage.

GSP officials said a tractor-trailer was traveling in the same lane and struck the Taurus on the left side. Lawrence was reported to have been struck by both vehicles, indicating that he was pinned between his car and the semi truck.

The GSP said Lawrence had called in to dispatch to request assistance, and that reports came in regarding the accident seven minutes later.

The accident was still under investigation Monday. There was no word on charges on Monday, and troopers said there was no reason to believe that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Lawrence, from Jacksonville, Fla., was a sprinter on the University of Georgia track team from 2009-12 before earning a degree in sociology. While at UGA, he won the 2010 NCAA indoor 400-meter title. He went on to run for Team USA Track and Field, during which time he earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4X400 relay team at the International Association of Athletics Federations World Relays in Nassau.

“We were devastated to learn of Torrin’s passing early this morning,” USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel said in a news release on Monday. “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.”