Teen cyclist dies in crash during B.C. to Seattle charity ride


by KING 5 News


Posted on June 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 5:40 PM

A cyclist participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer died in an accident in Arlington on Sunday.

Arlington Police say just after 10 a.m., a 16-year-old boy from Victoria BC was riding with his mother and uncle. The boy was trying to pass a large pack of riders at Smokey Point Blvd and 204th St NE and fell.

"Everybody slowed up and then... so he kind of moved around the group, but it touched a wheel, went down to his left and the car behind him," said rider Joe Groves.

A woman driving the oncoming car was unable to avoid the teen.

Groves said a rider gave the teen CPR.

The rider’s name is being withheld until all members of the rider’s family have been notified.

While police investigated what happened, thousands continued with the race but it put a damper on the celebration.

"A young person that was doing something good for a community, for the cause of cancer, you know he was out there riding to raise money and it's just a real shame," said rider Patty Robinson.

“All who are associated with The Ride to Conquer Cancer have been deeply-saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of the rider,” said Doug Nelson, President and CEO, of the BC Cancer Foundation said in a statement. “This has been a very sad day for The Ride community and our supporters.”

More than 2,600 people participated in the ride – a two-day cycling event that started in Vancouver and ends at Sammamish River Park (60 Acres Park) in Redmond.