Olympic BMX cyclist dies in Texas auto accident

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FILE - In this April 16, 2008, file photo, Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit in Chicago. Bennett was killed in an automobile accident early Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in eastern Texas. He was 33. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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HOUSTON (AP) — Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett has been 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 on 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 fiancé and a young daughter.

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