A MUM-of-two died from falling off her bicycle shortly after she took a selfie on her way home from a night out.
Graphic designer Carmen Jane Greenway had been celebrating her mum Sherry Bennett’s birthday at a pub and had drunk two cocktails and four glasses of wine, an inquest heard.
The 41-year-old, who worked with her husband Rufus, was not wearing a helmet and may have been riding one-handed when she tumbled and fractured her skull.
A photograph showed she took the selfie moments before coming off her bike close to her home in Isleworth, west London last August. She died six days later in hospital after the injury led to an epileptic seizure and heart attack.
Southwark coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said it was a ‘tragic accident’ and concluded the cause of death was a heart attack, which was a rare complication caused by the head injury.
Mr Greenway paid tribute to his wife, originally from New Zealand. He suggested she had hit a bumpy stretch of road and said wearing a helmet could have saved her life.
He said: ‘She had been taking some selfies on the main road — she did that regularly. She was not taking it at the moment of the accident. She was 100 metres from our house, one hand on the bars, quite relaxed. If she was wearing a helmet she would still be alive.’