DPS releases details of crash that killed former A&M track star, Olympian

Troopers say Deon Lendore drifted into on-coming traffic on FM 485 near Cameron and side-swiped one vehicle before hitting a second vehicle head-on.
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 8:09 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety has released information detailing the crash that killed Deon Lendore, the 2014 Bowerman winner, NCAA Champion, and current Texas A&M track & field volunteer assistant coach. It happened Monday around 6:30 p.m. on FM 485 about 4 miles northeast of Cameron.

Sgt. Bryan Washko released the following statement to KBTX:

“Texas DPS Troopers responded to a major collision between three vehicles on FM 485. A 2015 Volkswagen Jetta sedan, operated by 29-year-old Deon Christopher Lendore of College Station, Texas, was traveling westbound on FM 485. A 2018 Infiniti SUV, operated by a 65-year-old female from Conroe, Texas, was traveling eastbound on FM 485 approaching Lendore.

According to the investigating Trooper, the Volkswagen crossed over the center stripe and side-swiped a vehicle that was traveling eastbound. The Volkswagen continued traveling westbound and drifted across the center stripe again and collided with the Infiniti head on. Lendore was pronounced deceased on scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct #1 Greg Hoelscher. The driver of the Infiniti was transported to Baylor Scott and White in Temple for incapacitating injuries. The driver of the vehicle initially sideswiped was not injured. The crash investigation is still active and open. Next of kin have been notified.”

“Texas DPS would like to remind drivers to exercise caution when traveling on non-divided highways. Limiting distractions and obeying all traffic laws will greatly reduce the probability of being involved in a traffic crash,” said Sgt. Washko

Texas A&M University released the following statement:

“Deon Lendore, the 2014 Bowerman winner, NCAA Champion, and current Texas A&M track & field volunteer assistant coach, passed away in an automobile accident returning home from practice Monday.

“This is very difficult to express, I can’t even express this loss,” head track & field coach Pat Henry said. “Over the years our relationship had changed to not only one of my athletes to coach, but he was loved by my wife, children and grandchildren. He was part of my family. It hurts, it really hurts. My thoughts are with his family and the efforts to get through this very difficult period of time.”

Lendore served as a volunteer assistant coach for the past two seasons while training professionally under contract with Puma.

Lendore competed for Texas A&M from 2012-2015. In 2014, he went undefeated through 14 races at 400m while claiming individual NCAA titles at the indoor and outdoor championships. Lendore also played a vital role in the 4x400m relays that claimed the NCAA outdoor title and swept the SEC Championships. Following his record-setting season, he was named Texas A&M’s first and only male winner of The Bowerman, which is awarded to the most outstanding collegiate track and field athlete. He was named Texas A&M’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2014 (tie) and 2015.

“Deon Lendore leaves an enormous legacy not only at Texas A&M, but on the world stage,” Director of Athletics Ross Bjork said. “It is an unthinkable tragedy and tremendous loss for the track and field community and for Aggies everywhere. He was a wonderful representative of Texas A&M Athletics both as a student-athlete and a volunteer coach, and we offer sincere condolences to Deon’s family, teammates and his friends.”

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Lendore competed in the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games claiming the bronze medal as he anchored the 4x400m relay at the London 2012 Olympics.

Lendore accumulated five world medals, including a gold as a member of the 4x400m relay at the IAAF World Relays in 2019. He earned his first world championship medal as a member of the 4x400m relay in 2015 before earning bronze in the 400m and 4x400m 2016 world indoor championships and bronze at the 2018 world indoor championships.”