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BMX pioneer Bennett intoxicated at time of fatal crash

Nov 20, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

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Olympic BMX cyclist Kyle Bennett had a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit when he died in a car crash outside his home in Conroe, Texas on the morning of Oct. 14.

According to an autopsy obtained by the town’s local paper, The Courier of Conroe, a county medical examiner reported that Bennett’s blood alcohol content was 0.145 percent by volume, which is just under two times the Texas legal limit of 0.08.

Bennett was reportedly rushing to meet his fiancé, Lynsie, whose car had been broken into. The 33-year-old cyclist wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

“Kyle was a pioneer in Olympic BMX and an inspiration to those of us that knew him,” USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson said after the crash.

Bennett, the first American BMX cyclist ever to qualify for the Olympics, was a three-time champion in the National Bicycle League and won International Cycling Union world titles in 2002, ’03 and ’07.

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