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Former UGA track star killed in car accident

ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Bulldog nation is mourning the loss of a champion sprinter.

Former University of Georgia runner Torrin Lawrence died in a car accident on Interstate 75 near Cordele, GA on Monday morning. He was 25.

Lawrence, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., was a 2013 UGA graduate and set records in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA during his track career from 2009 to 2012.

"In speaking for the UGA track and field community, I am shocked and pained with news of Torrin's death," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton. "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 a gentleman."

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said Lawrence's 2004 Ford Taurus was disabled in the middle lane of I-75. Lawrence was reportedly outside the vehicle when a tractor trailer crashed into his car, hitting the young man as well. The driver of the truck was injured and taken to an area hospital.

Lawrence had signed a contract to run professionally with Nike. He was a member of Team USA at the first ever inaugural IAAF World Relays in 2014.

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