Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett dies in auto accident in Texas

Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett dies in auto accident in Texas

Kyle Bennett of the United States competes in the Men's BMX Seeding Phase at the Laoshan Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) Venue during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20.

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Associated Press

Posted on October 15, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 6:01 PM

HOUSTON - Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett was killed in an automobile accident in eastern Texas. He was 33.

A statement from USA Cycling says the single-vehicle crash happened early Sunday in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston.

Bennett was a three-time BMX world champion and won an automatic spot the first U.S. BMX Olympic team in 2008.

In the statement, USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said Bennett was a pioneer in Olympic BMX cycling and an inspiration to those who knew him.

Bennett is survived by his fiancee and a young daughter.

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