Former University of Georgia track and field star Torrin Lawrence was killed early Monday in a two-vehicle collision on Interstate 75, according to multiple reports.
WALB reports that the 25-year-old Florida native was traveling on I-75 near Cordele when one of his tires blew.
Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock told NBCSports that Lawrence's vehicle was sitting in the middle of the interstate near exit 94 when he called authorities for assistance. A tractor trailer crashed into him at about 1:45 a.m.
Lawrence was thrown from his vehicle and died, according to WALB. The injured driver of the tractor trailer was taken to an area hospital where he is expected to recover.
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"In speaking for the UGA track and field community, I am shocked and pained with news of Torrin's death,” said Georgia track and field head coach Wayne Norton in a release. “First, my prayers for comfort are for Torrin's mother and family. Second, this makes me reflect on Torrin and remember him as one of the greatest talents I have ever seen in our sport and as gentle man."
R.I.P. to my former teammate Torrin Lawrence. I've never met anyone as caring, talented, & humble.— Ash (@xoxoashcash) July 28, 2014
RIP Torrin Lawrence you were a Damn Good Dawg with an unbelievably bright future. Prayers go out to the Lawrence family today. Rest Easy.— Arthur Lynch (@alynch1788) July 28, 2014
Praying for the family of Torrin Lawrence this morning. Always was kind to me when we were classmates.— Christian Robinson (@crob45) July 28, 2014
Lawrence was a decorated collegiate and professional athlete; and a multiple record-holder.
According to the Athens Banner-Herald, "Lawrence was a seven-time All-American and three-time Southeastern Conference champion who won the NCAA 400-meter championship in 2010.
"More recently, Lawrence earned a gold medal as a member of the U.S.'s 4x400 relay team at the IAAF World Relays in May."
In a release, USA Track & Field CEO Max Siegel said, “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.”