A 16-year-old cyclist killed Sunday in Arlington during a charity bicycle ride has been identified as Xavier Pelletier.
The teenager from Victoria, B.C. was riding in a large pack at about 9:20 a.m. when he tried to pass and fell into oncoming traffic, said Kristin Banfield, a spokeswoman for the city of Arlington. Pelletier died at the scene, she said.
Police have ruled his death an accident.
Joined by his mother and uncle, Pelletier was one of about 2,640 cyclists participating in a two-day ride from Vancouver, B.C., to Redmond to raise money for cancer research.
Here’s a statement released today by Pelletier’s family:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that yesterday morning we lost our much loved family member Xavier Pelletier in a tragic accident during the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
At 16 years of age, Xavier was a talented young athlete who died riding in support of his uncle who is a cancer survivor. A gentle soul, he was passionate about cycling and cared deeply for his family, friends and community.
On behalf of our family, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the many who attended the scene including: first responders, Arlington (WA) police and fire services, volunteers, and fellow riders, who compassionately came to Xavier’s aid. Their immediate support and tireless efforts give us comfort in the knowledge that nothing more could have been done to save his young life.
We respectfully request privacy as we grieve the loss of a son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend who touched all of our hearts deeply.”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Ride to Conquer Cancer through the B.C. Cancer Foundation.