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Teen dies during Vancouver-to-Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer

Photo from the start of the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer in Surrey.
Photo from the start of the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer in Surrey.

Very sad news today from the Vancouver-to-Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer. A teenager was killed after apparently falling and colliding with an oncoming car near Arlington.

He was riding with his uncle and mother on the two-day, 2,600-participant bike ride to raise money for the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

Condolences to his friends and family.

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Details from Metro Vancouver:

A 16-year-old cyclist from Victoria was killed in Washington State during the weekend’s fifth annual Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Riders were into the second day of the annual fundraising ride from Vancouver to Seattle Sunday when the teen tried to pass a pack of cyclists on a two-lane rural road in Arlington, Wash, approximately 65 kilometres north of Seattle.

“It appears he pulled into the oncoming traffic lane to pass and fell,” said City of Arlington public information officer Kristin Banfield.

A 50-year-old woman, returning home from church, was driving “well below the speed limit” and could not avoid the fallen cyclist in time, according to Banfield.

The boy, who was participating in the ride with his mother and uncle, was treated on-scene by firefighters for 40 minutes before succumbing to his injuries.

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UPDATE: Here’s the approximate location of the collision, on southbound Smokey Point Boulevard near 204th Street Northeast:

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6 responses to “Teen dies during Vancouver-to-Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer”

  1. Dee Dee

    It was great to see some of the riders come through Bellingham. What tragedy for everyone!

  2. Really sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends.

  3. Matt

    I have participated in this ride many times and have consistently seen terrible & aggressive driving by Washington residence in response to the road closures. In this case it’s the other danger inexperienced riders not giving room to be passed.

    Condolences to the family.

    1. Gary

      From the report, the kid rode into the oncoming traffic lane and fell. That it was not the drivers fault at all and that she was driving well below the posted speed.

      That said, I feel terrible for his family.

  4. BTJ

    I find these organized rides to be some of the most dangerous riding that you can do. My condolences to the families.

    1. Tim

      What BTJ says. Interestingly, I passed some of this ride on the Centennial Trail yesterday riding 5-6 abreast and yielding nothing to oncoming traffic. Couldn’t get off on the back roads fast enough.

      Sad situation all around and thoughts for the family.

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