Former Georgia runner dies in car accident

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Updated: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:16:13 EST

CORDELE, Ga. (AP) — Former University of Georgia 400-meter runner Torrin Lawrence has died in a car accident. He was 25.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said Lawrence was traveling along Interstate 75 about 1:40 a.m. Monday when a tire blew on the car and became disabled in the center lane. Lawrence got out of the car to call 911 when a tractor-trailer came over the crest and struck the car, knocking the vehicle into Lawrence.

Hancock said Lawrence was returning home to Jacksonville, Florida, after training in Athens, where he won an NCAA indoor title for the Bulldogs in 2010.

Lawrence ran for the United States in the opening round of the 4x400 relay at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas in May. The team went on to capture the gold medal.

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