Omotayo Olaogun Morrison
Born: February 25, 1988
Died: February 8, 2014 (Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia)
Tayo Morrison won the senior boys 400m race in the Toronto District track and field championships in 2007. The winning time for the Westview Centennial Secondary student 52.51 seconds.
After graduation, Morrison enrolled in kinesiology and health sciences at York University in Toronto, where he also ran track for the York Lions.
At the 2008 CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sports) track and field championships, the York Lions 4×200 team was disqualified after a fumbled pass by Mat Stiver-Balla to Morrison. The team was in second place at the time.
Morrison was studying medicine at the Spartan Health Sciences University in the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia. He was walking home one night with a fellow student, 24-yearold Maninder (Mani) Kaur, an American, when both were struck by a passing car.
Doctors at Sty. Jude Hospital diagnosed a severe brain injury with bleeding. The island lacks facilities to treat neurological cases and plans were made to transfer him to Martinique, the island to the north. A medical team at the hospital in the French island did not accept the transfer of the patient as his condition was considered to be unfavourable, according to a report in the St. Lucia Mirror newspaper. Morrison’s condition deteriorated and he died on Saint Lucia. He was 25.
He leaves his mother, Modupe, and father, Barrington; three siblings; and, three grandparents.
A memorial fund has been established in his name. The money raised will be used to improve facilities at St. Jude Hospital in Saint Lucia.