HOUSTON, TX (BRAIN) — Kyle Bennett, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX team, was killed early Sunday in a single-vehicle auto accident.
According to reports, Bennett, 33, died when he drove his truck off a road and through a culvert, hitting several trees and a gate.
Bennett was a three-time UCI world champion and a three-time NBL champion. He was inducted into the BMX Hall of Fame in June with the 2008 Olympic BMX team. During his career he raced for Nirve, Free Agent and GHP teams. At the time of his death he was racing for the Houston-based ORP team.
"All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett," said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. "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."
He is survived by his fiancee and a 4-year-old daughter.