Calls for UK helmet laws after Kiwi woman's cycling death

  • 05/10/2016
Carmen Greenway captured this selfie moments before her fatal cycling accident (supplied)
Carmen Greenway captured this selfie moments before her fatal cycling accident (supplied)

A UK man wants Britain to introduce New Zealand-style helmet laws after his Kiwi wife suffered a fatal cycling accident moments after taking a selfie.

Carmen Greenway, 41, was cycling back to her southwest London home after a dinner to celebrate her mother's birthday when she hit a bumpy patch of road 100 metres from the house, lost control and fell from her bike.

The mother-of-two fractured her skull and died six days later in hospital after a heart attack.

Her husband Rufus said Mrs Greenway was a "very competent" cyclist but wasn't wearing a helmet and may have had only one hand on the handlebars when she crashed, having taken a selfie on the main road moments earlier.

"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," he said. "She cycled that way every weekend and perhaps it's familiarity breeding contempt."

Mr Greenway now wants England's laws changed to introduce Kiwi-style helmet requirements for cyclists.

"It was just a gross oversight, maybe overconfidence [that she did not wear a helmet]," he said.

"It's unfortunately an unfortunate accident. If she was wearing a helmet she would still be alive," he said.

The couple were married for 13 years and had two sons, 13-year-old Finlay and Rafferty, 4.

"The biggest loss is my children have lost their mother at 41. I've lost the love of my life," Mr Greenway said. "We were just living an adventurous life together and it was getting better every day."

All New Zealand cyclists are required to wear a helmet under some of the world's strictest helmet laws.