Riders get set on Saturday for the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Victoria teen dies in Ride to Conquer Cancer after collision with car

A 16-year-old from Victoria has died after a reported head-on collision with a car near Arlington, Washington.

UPDATE: The teenager’s name was Xavier Pelletier, a Grade 10 student from Saanich and Pacific Christian School. His principal, David O’Dell, says he was “was active in volleyball, rugby, sailing and recently competed in a triathlon.”

——————–

A teen cyclist from Victoria (Saanich) in B.C. has died after a collision with a car in the 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer.

The boy was 16 years old and was reportedly riding with his uncle and mother. He was hit by a car near Arlington, Wash. and died just after 10 a.m. PST.

According to CTV, “Police say he attempted to pass a group of cyclists and fell onto the road. The driver of an oncoming car was unable to swerve out of the way and struck the teen, who later died from his injuries.”

“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, according to CBC.ca.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a 200-km trip from Vancouver (2,642 riders started yesterday from Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey) to Seattle, and is known as B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser. Riders this year have raised more than $10.4 million for the BC Cancer Agency.

The Ride also takes place in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. This is its fifth year in B.C.

Just Posted

Second bat found at Greater Victoria elementary school tests positive for rabies

Island Health confirms second rabies case, this time in Saanich

VicPD called to Beacon Hill Park after body found

Suspicious circumstances not ruled out in apparent sudden death

Night Shift Halloween tickets on sale now

Royal BC Museum’s adult-only costume event expected to sell out quickly

VIDEO: B.C.’s famous cat Grandpa Mason has died

The story of the feral cat that started fostering kittens touched people around the world

Trudeau seeks meeting with Singh to apologize for blackface, brownface photos

‘I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,’ Trudeau said Friday

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

Charges stayed against Alberta RCMP officer in alleged off-duty Whistler assault

Const. Vernon Hagen instead completed an alternative measures program

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, crews on scene

B.C. man guilty of first-degree murder in Yukon killing

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

Woman stabbed at least five times in Nelson during random attack

Victim is in hospital, suspect is in police custody

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

Most Read