Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Selfie Tragedy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Selfie Tragedy

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Byline: SophiaSleigh

A MOTHER of two was killed when she was thrown from her bicycle moments after she had taken a selfie, her grieving husband said today.

Carmen Greenway, 41, hit a "rough" patch in the road as she rode home from a local pub after her mother's birthday party. She lost control and fell less than 300 yards from her home in St Margarets, near Richmond, fracturing her skull.

She is believed to have had only one hand on the handlebars.

Mrs Greenway was taken to intensive care at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where she died six days later Continued on Page 5 Just wear a helmet it's your life, says cyclist's grieving husband Continued from Page 1 after going into cardiac arrest. Today her husband paid tribute to his "wonderful" wife and urged the Government to toughen its approach to cycle safety.

Rufus Greenway, 47, suggested Britain could follow the lead of Australia and New Zealand and make it the law for cyclists to wear helmets.

He was away working in Moscow when the accident happened and flew home to be at his wife's bedside.

"She was just coming back from the pub with her mum. She'd been taking selfies and had one hand on the bars. It was bumpy and she just jack-knifed the bars, threw herself off the bike and fractured her skull," he said. "It wasn't the cycling that killed her, it was a tragic mistake. She was close to home, relaxed and having a lovely time."

Mrs Greenway was born in New Zealand and moved to London 15 years ago. She was a graphic designer and worked as a partner in her husband's audiovisual company Sound Environment. She had been cycling home from The Crown in St Margarets with her mother Sherry Bennett, who was visiting from New Zealand, and two friends after enjoying the meal on August 19.

Mr Greenway called her the "light of his life", saying: "It was the best 15 years of my life, two beautiful kids, never a row and never a dull moment. We were always having fun. My wife was a keen amateur cyclist with a lot of friends.

"She always had time for people. She was caring and was doing a course at London School of Psychology. …

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