Kyle Bennett, 33, three-time BMX Cycling world champion died in a car accident.
The accident took place Sunday, October 14th, at about 2:15 a.m., as Bennett was travelling to his hometown of Conroe, Texas. He wasn’t wearing the seatbelt and was traveling at high speed on Old Highway 100, when his 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck left the road and hit a culvert pipe, flipped and rolled, and went through a gate to a private residence.
Bennett was captain of the first US Olympic BMX team in 2008, when the sport made its debut at the Beijing Games. He was recently named to the BMX Hall of Fame.
“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. “He made it big-time and made good money and a great living, but he never forgot where he came from.”
He didn’t manage to win gold at Beijing as a Dutch rider went down in front of him and he crashed. After he received medical attention for his dislocated shoulder, he finished on the 6th place.