2014 Bowerman Winner Deon Lendore Dies In Car Accident

* Trinidad & Tobago's Deon Lendore with Bahamas athlete Stevie Gardiner in 2021

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Deon Lendore, 29, a three-time Olympian for Trinidad and Tobago and a 2014 Bowerman winner, died on Monday after a car accident in College Station, Texas. 

The news was confirmed by Texas A&M coach Pat Henry for local news affiliate KBTX.

Lendore was traveling home on Highway 6 in College Station after attending practice at Texas A&M, where he was a volunteer coach, reports state. 

Lendore, a 2015 graduate of Texas A&M who won NCAA indoor and outdoor 400m titles in 2014, was a native of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, and competed at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games in London, Rio and Tokyo. 

He won a bronze medal in the 4x400 for Trinidad and Tobago in 2012. He reached the semifinals of the 400m at the Tokyo Olympics and ended his season in September in Switzerland. 

In recent weeks, he had been an assistant coach with the middle-distance athletes at Texas A&M.