Unfortunately sad news travels extremely fast with Facebook and Twitter. If you are reading this you’ll most likely already have read the horrible news on a social media feed, so this isn’t by any stretch meant to be a ground breaking post.. The reality is I’ve been sitting here for a while mulling this tragic news over in my head and trying to process it.
Our circle of friends through BMX is so vast, with all the travel and events, we are likely to come into contact and meet so many awesome people along the “BMX life” journey. It seems in the last few years that we are losing far too many good people far too young. Now even more than ever with Facebook and Twitter the world seems even smaller, everyone follows each other, stays in contact and unfortunately when something tragic happens, we all find out very quickly.
There is nothing worse than logging into Facebook and instantly reading that someone you’ve been friends with has passed away..It sends that sickening feeling to your stomach. I’ve sat here for a while thinking back to some of the times spent hanging out with KB over the last decade, having spent a lot of time in the States and around the Freeagent crew I had a lot of flashbacks.. Kyle Bennett is not only one of the greatest racers of all time, a BMX LEGEND, an inspiration to virtually all of us. A rider who’s effortless style and skills were the envy of almost every BMX racer across the globe including his fellow competitors. A multiple world champion, an Olympian, but more importantly than all of that a good father, a humble guy and one of the nicest dudes on the BMX circuit. “Butter” was a fans favourite for all the right reasons..
According to the Montgomery County Police Reporter website:
At 2:16 a.m. a 2006 Toyota Tundra driven by Kyle Ray Bennett, 33, of Conroe was northbound on Old Montgomery Road just north of of Southshore Drive and the Lake Forest Falls Subdivision when he left the roadway for unknown reasons. The vehicle continued through the ditch, struck a culvert pipe, and crashed through a wrought iron gate at a private residence. In doing so a gas meter was also broken off and power line to an electric gate at the home. The truck also uprooted several trees before coming to rest upside down in the front yard.
Lake Conroe Fire Department arrived on the scene and was able to get Bennett out of the vehicle.MCHD arrived on the scene and determined Bennett was deceased.
Old 105 was closed as DPS Troopers investigated the crash with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisting with traffic control.
According to DPS, Bennett, was not wearing a seatbelt and was driving at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.
It was possible that Bennett was responding to a call from his fiance’ after she had her vehicle broken into at a business on SH105.
Bennett is also the father of a young child.
Our sincere condolences go out to Kyle’s family and friends. He will be grately missed and never forgotten.
Kyle Bennett, 1979—2012. Ride In Peace.
This is another reality check, a time to reflect that life is short and non of us know what’s around the corner. Live out your dreams and do everything to the fullest, be safe and always tell people close to you that you love them..