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Mother dies from bike crash moments after taking this smiling selfie on her

first_imgCarmen Greenway – described as a ‘very competent’ cyclist – with her husband Rufus and sons Finlay (back) and Rafferty (front)Credit:PA She was just having a lovely time… one second you’re happy and then next second it’s a trainwreckhusband Rufus Greenway Carmen Greenway - described as a 'very competent' cyclist - with her husband Rufus and sons Finlay (back) and Rafferty (front) A mother of two died following a bicycle crash moments after she took a smiling selfie on the way home from celebrating her mother’s birthday.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 having dinner 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.Mrs Greenway’s mother was riding behind her when she fell, just 100 yards from her family home. Carmen Greenway with her husband Rufus Her husband Rufus Greenway, an audio-visual company director, said she had probably had a drink on the evening of August 18 before cycling back to Isleworth, west London.The 47-year-old said his wife, who was also his business partner, was a “very competent” cyclist who would regularly take selfies.Asked why she had not worn a helmet, Mr 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.”He said his “media-savvy” wife had been “taking some selfies on the main road”, adding: “She did that regularly.””She was not taking it at the moment of the accident,” Mr Greenway added. “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 with her husband Rufus, an audio-visual company directorCredit:PA Carmen Greenway taking a selfie while cycling to a pub, on the day she fell off her bike and died six days laterCredit:PA “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,” Mr Greenway added.”We were just living an adventurous life together and it was getting better every day. The sanctity of life was being in each other’s arms.”The couple’s eldest child Finlay, 13, had been a “rock”, Mr Greenway said, while four-year-old Rafferty kept pictures of his mother on the wall in his bedroom. Mrs Greenway’s mother Sherry Bennett, who was riding behind her daughter when she fell, told the New Zealand Herald: “Carmen is a very devoted wife and adored her children and adored her husband. She’s a special person. “She was special to me because she was my only daughter. She’s just got this special quality about her, she just exudes love and happiness.”She just had this huge personality that was so infectious. People just wanted to be with her, just gravitated to her. Everyone was her friend.”Mrs Greenway’s funeral was held last month. Carmen Greenway  Mr Greenway called for legislation to be introduced to require riders to wear a helmet, similar to that in force in Mrs Greenway’s native New Zealand.He was in Moscow at the time of the accident, which happened around midnight near the family home, and flew home to be by her bedside.Mr Greenway paid tribute to his wife of nearly 13 years as he told how her death had devastated her family and friends. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more