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

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of Victoria couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

Officials worry of fire risk at homeless camp

Regina Park camp has grown to 77 tents

Oak Bay Optometry barbecue raises funds for Senegal ocular health

Fundraising barbecue June 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 2075 Cadboro Bay Rd.

Crews search for missing kayaker near Sooke

The person was seen launching their kayak from Beecher Bay on Monday at noon

Pass a pint: Great Canadian Beer Festival tickets on sale now

Over 200 brews and ciders will be featured at this year’s craft celebration

Willows school boasts newest Oak Bay playground

Grand opening Monday at École Willows elementary

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

POLL: Do you have a family doctor?

“I don’t have a family doctor,” is an all too familiar phrase… Continue reading

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Five B.C. families stuck in Japan as Canada refuses visas for adopted babies

Lawyer points to change in American policy around adoptions from Japan

It may be ‘lights, camera, action!’ for talented B.C. doctor

Rob Forde is waiting to hear if he’ll become The Basement Doctor in his own reality show

Police find capsized boat near Tofino, 3 men still missing

Five men were aboard the boat when it sank off Vancouver Island early Monday morning

Most Read