Photos: Remembering BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett

Photos: Remembering BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett

Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images

BMX rider Kyle Bennett poses for a portrait during the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit at the Palmer House Hilton on April 16, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 9:55 AM

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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