Sad news. Former Olympian and three-time BMX world champ Kyle Bennett died early Sunday morning in a single-car wreck near his home in Conroe, TX, just north of Houston.
Bennett, 33, was a powerful rider whose combination of speed and finesse on the track earned him the nickname "Butter." A pioneer in the sport, he was was inducted into the National BMX Hall of Fame this past June, along with the rest of the 2008 Olympic BMX team.
The accident that took Bennett's life occurred at 2:16am on Sunday. According to police reports, his speeding truck left the road for unknown reasons, careened into a ditch, crashed through a wrought-iron gate and struck several trees before coming to a rest. Bennett, who was reportedly not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was rushing to investigate a break-in to his fiancee's car when the accident happened.
"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 in a statement. "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."
Bennett is survived by his fiancee and a 4-year-old daughter, Kylie.
For an in-depth report of the accident, see the Montgomery County Police Reporter.