A cyclist believed to be a foreign national died after being hit by a car on an expressway in Yokohama near Tokyo on Monday, police said, believing he had entered the expressway by mistake.

The accident victim was identified as Patrick Do, from the United States, who took part in the Cycle Messenger World Championship held from Wednesday through Monday in Yokohama, the event's organizer said.

The race had already ended when the accident occurred, the organizer said, adding it appears he was returning to his hotel.

The accident took place at around 3:15 a.m. near a junction on the Metropolitan Expressway, according to the police, who quoted the passenger car driver, a man in his 30s, as saying, "The bicycle appeared, and I couldn't stop in time."

File photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter on June 24, 2022, shows a section of the Metropolitan Expressway in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. (Kyodo)