MILAM COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Olympic track star Deon Lendore has been identified as the victim in a Milam County Texas fatal vehicle crash.
Lendore, 29, was killed in three-vehicle crash on FM-485 in Milam County.
According to reports, Lendore was operating Volkswagen Jetta, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes. The VW then sideswiped another vehicle before coming into head-on contact with an Infiniti SUV.
Lendore was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries at the scene.
The driver of the Infiniti, a 65-year-old woman, was transported to an area hospital with “incapacitating injuries.”
The other involved driver suffered no injuries.
The Trinidadian sprinter competed in 3 Olympics, including the 2020 Tokyo games, and won the bronze medal in the 4×400 meter at the 2012 games in London, reports TMZ.
Lendore also won silver in the World 4x400m in 2015 and is a three-time world indoor bronze medalist.
He’s also a multi-time champ at Texas A&M and was currently a volunteer coach for the 400 and 800-meter student-athletes.
Several track stars reacted to the tragic news on social media, 2x Olympian Gwen Berry wrote, “Wow… Rest in Power.”
“One thing I learned last year was the importance of LIVING,” Berry said, “do what you want… deal with what you want… love who you want. Don’t DIE just to LIVE. You LIVE then DIE.. I’ve been happier ever since.”
PUMA also released a statement, saying “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Deon Lendore, who has been a part of the PUMA Family since 2017.”
“We are honored that he had chosen us to be by his side for a large part of his successful track & field career. Our thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace.”
Geo quick facts: Milam County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 24,757. The county seat is Cameron. The county was created in 1834 as a municipality in Mexico and organized as a county in 1837 – Wikipedia.