The sprinter originally from Trinidad and Tobago Deon Lendore, a specialist in the 400-meter sprint, died this Monday at the age of 29, after suffering a car accident on a highway in the state of Texas (USA), the state Police reported. quoted on the NBC network.
According to the reports, the athlete would have lost control of his vehicle, so he crossed the line of the pavement that separates the directions of the road, hitting a vehicle on the side at first, and then crashing head-on into a truck.
Following the collision, the 65-year-old driver of the van was rushed to a hospital to be treated for her injuries. For his part, the Trinidadian athlete was declared dead at the scene.
World Athletics is deeply saddened to hear that Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic and world 4x400m medallist Deon Lendore has died at the age of 29.
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) January 11, 2022
At the moment, Texas Highway Police investigators are continuing their investigations to determine the cause of the accident.
During his career as an athlete, Lendore participated in the London 2012 Olympic Games, in which he won a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 meter relay event, in Rio de Janeiro 2016, and in Tokyo 2020. Also, in 2014 he finished undefeated in 14 individual competitions, which led to him winning multiple indoor and outdoor varsity championships.