Deon Lendore, from Trinidad and Tobago, died in three-way car crash in which his
vehicle hit another “head-on,” according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the first vehicle sideswiped sustained no injuries, Texas DPS said
According to Texas A&M University, for whom Lendore had worked as a volunteer
assistant coach over the past two seasons, the sprinter was returning home from
practice when he was involved in an automobile accident.
Lendore competed at three Olympic Games and ran the anchor leg of the men’s
4x400m relay final at the 2012 Olympics in London as his country won bronze.
Deon Lendore won silver in the same event at the 2015 World Championships in
Beijing, before claiming individual bronze medals in the 400m at the 2016 and 2018
World Indoor Championships.
“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 (sic) off the
track,” said a statement from the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee.
“Deon has flown the Trinidad and Tobago flag with pride, honor, patriotism and an
indomitable will throughout his career while helping and inspiring many.”
Lendore competed at his third Olympics in Tokyo last year, placing eighth with
Trinidad and Tobago in the 4x400m final and reaching the 400m semifinals.
He also finished third in the 400m final at the Diamond League in Zurich last