Olympic cyclist Kyle Bennett died in a car accident on Sunday, near Houston. According to the police report, he was driving at high speed and lost control of the car, hitting a ditch and an iron gate. He was 33 years old.
On Sunday morning, while driving a 2006 Toyota Tundra at a high rate speed, Olympic cyclist Kyle Bennett caused a car crash that took his life. The report by the Montgomery County Police Reporter says that Bennett left the road and hit a ditch and an iron gate. His seat belt was not on. The newspaper adds that he was pronounced dead at the scene, at 2:16 a.m.
USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson released a statement saying: “All of us at USA Cycling were deeply saddened to learn this morning of the tragic and untimely loss of Kyle Bennett.” He offered condolences to all his loved ones.
Many cyclists mourned Bennett. “The game will never be the same. It’s hard to even realize Kyle is gone”, wrote Denzel Stein. “Forever miss and never forgotten Homie! Have some trails ready for us BMXers when we get there. RIP #KB88”, he added.
“Rest in peace to father, friend, Olympian, multi-World Champion, hall of famer, legend, and all around awesome person with such effortless style and flow, Kyle Bennett,” wrote racer Derek Betcher, adding that he was always an inspiration and will forever miss him and remember “all the good times.”
Kyle Bennett has won the BMX world championship three times and was part of the first U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008.