Bennett's blood alcohol was double limit

Nov. 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM

CONROE, Texas, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Olympic cyclist Kyle Bennett's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the Texas legal limit when he died in a truck accident Oct. 14, an autopsy report indicated.

Bennett, 33, of Conroe, Texas, a BMX bicycle racer who represented the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, died when his pickup truck crashed through an iron gate of a home, severing a natural gas line, the Conroe, Texas, Courier, reported Tuesday.

Excessive speed was a factor in the accident as well, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jarad Gray said.

The autopsy, performed by the Montgomery County Forensic Services Department, showed Bennett had a blood alcohol content of 0.145 percent, the legal limit in Texas being 0.08, the newspaper said.

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