Kyle Bennett, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX team and a three-time world champion, died in a single-vehicle auto accident. He was 33.
Bennett died early yesterday near his home town of Conroe, Texas, USA Cycling said on its website. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was traveling at high speed in a 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck when it left the road and struck a culvert pipe before hitting a wrought-iron gate and trees, eventually stopping upside down, the Montgomery County Police Reporter said on its website.
“Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him,” Steve Johnson, chief executive officer of USA Cycling, said in a statement.
Bennett earned an automatic spot on the 2008 BMX biking team as the sport made its debut at the Beijing Games. He didn’t advance to the final round. BMX racing usually takes place on an off-road dirt course with jumps and other obstacles.
Bennett is survived by his fiancee and a young daughter, Kylie.