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.

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