Kyle Bennett, BMX world champion, dead at 33 - killed in single vehicle accident

kyle-bennett-olympic-trials-gi.jpgKyle Bennett, multi-time BMX world champion and member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX team, suffered fatal injuries in relation to a single vehicle accident in Conroe, Texas shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

In addition to his three UCI World championship titles, Bennett was a three-time NBL champion and an ABA champion. He was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame earlier this year, along with his 2008 Olympic teammates.

ESPN reports Bennett was apparently responding to a break-in of his fiancee's vehicle and traveling at a high rate of speed, when his 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck left the roadway and struck a culvert pipe and several trees before landing upside down. Police at the scene say Bennett was not wearing a seat belt.

"All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett," says USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson in a statement. "Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him. He will be sorely missed, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones."

Bennett was 33 years old. He leaves behind his fiancee and a young daughter, Kylie.
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