Former University of Maryland track star Sean Lowe died last Thursday when a vehicle he was riding in was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver late last Wednesday night. Police said speed and alcohol were contributing factors.
Lowe was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his girlfriend, Shanala Fischer-Williams, 26. Fischer-Williams and their 10-month-old son, Cameron, were both seriously injured and are currently in recovery.
Lowe, 29, ran the 400 and 800 meters for the Terrapins track team from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, he improved his 400 meter dash time to 46.57 seconds, which still stands as the second-best time in program history. Lowe joined teammates Jeremy Samuels, Kyle Rauser and Anthony Walker to capture the 2008 ACC Championship in the 4 x 400 meter indoor relay.
“Coaching Sean was one of the highlights of my career,” Maryland track and field head coach Andrew Valmon told umterps.com. “I have never met an athlete who was so selfless in what he was willing to give back for his teammates. He was an incredible man and doting father. We need more people like Sean in the world and I will make sure that his legacy lives on in Terp Nation. I am praying for strength for his family during this time and especially for his girlfriend, Shanala and son, Cameron.”
Many of Lowe’s Maryland teammates opened up to umterps.com about his demeanor and their interactions with him.
“When I first met Sean I was his host and he was my recruit,” Adam Durham said. “Coach Valmon told me I would be hosting this big time kid from New York who broke countless state records. When he showed up to the office, there stood this little dude about 5-feet-9, 135 pounds with baggy clothes, adorned like a hanger, and a swagger that matched the size of the state he hailed from. We instantly became friends as I could tell he was hungry but more importantly humble.
“He instantly was not just my recruit,” Durham continued “but a teammate in my eyes. We remained close and have kept in contact well since our days between those white lines at UMD and still talked of all the records we would break in life. God truly has gained an angel and we not only lost a good friend but a brother. I’ll carry you always with me between those white lines S.Dot. You are gone but will never be forgotten.”
“Sean had the most infectious laugh and smile, and was always in a good mood,” Toni Aluko said. “I remember how he would always call me ‘T. Lukes’ whenever he saw me, a nickname that was stuck after all of these years. I also know that he was very family oriented and would talk about his mom, brother, and grandmother and how much they meant to him. Since Sean was from New York, I used make fun of him because he walked so fast all the time! I had to tell him that he since he was in the South now, he could slow down a bit.”
A GoFundMe page is set up to help ease the financial burden as Fisher-Williams and Cameron work their way back to health. More than $46,000 has been raised so far.
An update from that page on Tuesday indicated that both are gradually progressing.
Good morning all
NaNa had surgery on her shoulder yesterday. The procedure went well, but we are still not allowing visitors as she needs her rest to heal and prepare for another surgery on her ankle .
Cam is resting comfortably and is being very well taken care of by the staff here. Everyone loves Cameron.
I will keep you updated as best as I can. Please continue to pray.