CONROE, Texas – Dozens gathered Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in memory of US BMX Olympic team member Kyle Bennett who died in a crash over the weekend.
Kyle’s friends, family, and fiancé were among those attended the ceremony.
“Kyle was beautiful,” said his fiancé. “He was a beautiful human being inside and out, and he had the biggest heart. I feel so sorry for those who didn’t get to know him because you really are without – he was the love of my life, and I’m just going to carry him with me forever.”
Bennett, originally from Conroe, died early Sunday morning in a car crash. Around 2:16 a.m. he was driving north on Old Highway 105 near Southshore Drive when his truck left the road.
His vehicle reportedly continued through a ditch, into a pipe and through a wrought iron gate at the entrance of a house. The truck uprooted several trees before coming to rest.
By the time Montgomery County medics arrived at the scene, Bennett was already dead. No other cars are people were involved in the incident.
DPS officials say that Bennett was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and that he was traveling at a high speed.
Bennett, 33, competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the US team.
In addition to his fiancé, Bennett leaves behind a four-year-old daughter.