Carmen Greenway Dies Moments After Taking Selfie As She Cycles Home https://t.co/fZYWOjOHG0
— P. Pink (@ideas4thefuture) October 5, 2016
This is the final selfie taken by a mother-of two just moments before she crashed her bike and was fatally injured just yards from her home.
Carmen Greenway, 41, is believed to have had one hand on the bike as she hit a bumpy patch of road and lost control while returning from celebrating her mother’s birthday at a pub.
She fractured her skull and died six days later in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, after suffering a cardiac arrest, the Telegraph reports.
Her husband, Rufus Greenway, said his wife had probably had a drink before cycling home but regularly rode back from the pub and knew the route she was riding well.
Asked why she had not worn a helmet, Greenway said it was ‘a gross oversight’, and if she were wearing a helmet ‘she would still be alive’ today.
The 47-year-old added she was a ‘very competent’ cyclist who would regularly take selfies.
She was not taking it at the moment of the accident. She was 100m from our house, one hand on the bars, quite relaxed, and probably had had a drink.
She cycled that way every weekend and perhaps it’s familiarity breeding contempt.
She was just having a lovely time, happy to be with her mother for her mum’s birthday. One second you’re happy and then next second it’s a trainwreck.
Paying tribute to his wife of nearly 13 years, he added: “The biggest loss is my children have lost their mother at 41. I’ve lost the love of my life. No rows, no arguments, I thought I was in it for 60 years.”
Greenway has since called for legislation to be introduced to require riders to wear a helmet, similar to that in force in his wife’s native New Zealand.
Our thoughts are with Carmen’s family and friends.