A member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX team, Kyle Bennett, was killed in an automobile accident in eastern Texas early Sunday. He was 33.
Bennett was speeding in a 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck when it left the roadway and struck a wrought iron gate, a culvert pipe and several trees before landing upside down in a residential subdivision.
The crash happened at around 2:16 a.m. on Old Highway 105 near Southshore Drive.
Bennett was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was the only occupant of the vehicle. No other vehicles were involved.
Bennett was reportedly responding to a break in of his fiancée’s car when the crash happened.
Bennett was a three-time BMX world champion and won an automatic spot on the first U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008. Bennett was a three-time UCI World champion, three-time NBL champion, and 2009 ABA champion. He was also inducted into the BMX Hall of fame this past June as part of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX Team.
The news of his passing has quickly made its rounds throughout the BMX community with much sadness.
Bennett leaves behind a fiancée and a four-year-old daughter.