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Kiwi's death prompts cycle law change call

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

The husband of a Kiwi woman who died after taking a selfie while cycling wants England to introduce New Zealand-style helmet laws that could have saved her life.

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 selfies on the main road moments earlier.

He 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."

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

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

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