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16 year old boy falls off bike and is hit by car and killed

ARLINGTON — The accident happened just before 10 Sunday morning in Arlington.  Something happened and the boy fell to the street and into oncoming traffic where he was hit by an SUV. The race was halted for a short time, before the 2600 riders were allowed to continue.

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ARLINGTON, Wash. –  The Race to Conquer Cancer finish line in Redmond is where most of the 2,600 riders learned of the accident.

bikerThere were those who actually saw it happen and they were still a bit shaken late Sunday.

“There have been some tears and a lot of hugs,” B.C. Cancer Foundation CEO Doug Nelson said.

Witnesses say the accident happened on a narrow two-lane street.

Bicyclists Andrew Peterson and Connor Knickerbocker were in the pack riders when the 16-year-old boy from Victoria, B.C., went down.

“Somebody nicked the back of the guy’s tire and (he) sort of fell over on his side and got hit by a car, an oncoming car,” Peterson said.

“We were riding along and all I heard was a big crash. I looked behind myself.  An SUV screeched to a halt and there was a body on the ground. His bike, his helmet, all of his gear was kind of shattered and all over the place,” Knickerbocker said.

Knickerbocker added that the other riders gave the boy CPR until an ambulance arrived,but he died a short time later.

“This event, over the five years, has become a community of people who do this to raise money for cancer research, and to hear about a tragedy like this is upsetting for all of us,” Nelson said.

It is the first time in the race’s five-year history that something like this has happened.

Riders say that when on narrow streets with little or no shoulder, there is little margin for error, so riders try to look out for each other.

The death of a fellow cyclist is hard to take.

“It’s all about just bringing everybody together and that definitely does dampen the mood a bit,” Peterson said.

Police say the driver who struck the boy, a woman in her 50s from Arlington, was on her way home from church, driving below the speed limit but was just unable to stop in time.

“We have no impairment issues whatsoever and she was cooperating fully with officers; she’s not expected to be cited or charged with anything.  It’s just in this case, (a) really unfortunate accident and very sad,”  city of Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said.

The boy’s mother and uncle were riding nearby when the accident happened.

I 5 Skagit River BridgeARLINGTON, Wash. — A 16-year old bicyclist participating in a two-day charity fundraising ride was killed Sunday morning in an accident in Arlington.

The boy from Victoria, B.C., was with a group riding on a two-lane road around 9:20 a.m. when he fell off his bicycle, Arlington spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said. A car coming in the opposite direction could not stop in time and ran over the boy.

The accident happened on Smokey Point Boulevard and 204th Street Northeast, Banfield said.

The driver of the car was a 50-year old Arlington woman; Banfield said that the woman was cooperating fully with investigators and there were no signs that she was impaired.

The Ride to Conquer Cancer started in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday and ended in Redmond Sunday.  Banfield said that approximately 3,000 riders were participating.

Doug Nelson, president and chief executive officer of the B.C. Cancer Foundation said, “All of those who are associated with The Ride to Conquer Cancer have been deeply saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the rider’s family and friends.

“I have personally spoken with the family and shared my condolences, and they ask for privacy at this time … This has been a very sad day for The Ride community and our supporters,” he said.

The family asked that the boy’s identity not be made public.