Cyclist died from crash moments after taking this selfie on her way home


This is the selfie taken by mother-of-two Carmen Greenway moments before she crashed her bike and later died, her husband has said.

Greenway, 41, was cycling home after having a pub dinner to celebrate her mother's birthday when she hit a bumpy patch of road and lost control.

She fractured her skull and died six days later after suffering a cardiac arrest in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.

Rufus and Carmen Greenway (Family handout/PA)
Rufus Greenway said his wife not wearing a helmet was a 'gross oversight' (Family handout/PA)

Her husband Rufus Greenway, 47, said his wife - who was not wearing a helmet - had had a drink before cycling home and may have had one hand on the handlebars when she crashed but was a "very competent" cyclist.

"She had been taking some selfies on the main road, she did that regularly and was media savvy," Greenway said.

"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."

Carmen Greenway takes a selfie while cycling (
Greenway regularly took selfies while cycling, according to her husband (Family handout/PA)

Asked why his wife had not worn a helmet, Greenway said: "It was just a gross oversight, maybe overconfidence (that she did not wear a helmet).

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

Mr Greenway was in Moscow at the time of the accident, which happened around midnight on August 18 near the family home in Isleworth, west London, and flew home to be by her bedside.

Carmen Greenway and her family in cycling gear (Family handout/PA)
Her family are devastated (Family handout/PA)

He paid tribute to his wife of nearly 13 years as he told how her death had devastated her family and friends.

He also called for legislation to be introduced to require riders to wear a helmet - similar to that in force in Greenway's native New Zealand.