“Thank God for the helmet.”
Those were the words of Edwin Rios of Columbus, following a bicycle and car accident Monday morning at Center and Walnut streets in London.
He reiterated the importance of the helmet in saving the life of his wife, Jane Kramer, 68, of Columbus.
The couple was riding to breakfast in Cedarville early Monday morning. While riding to the Prairie Grass Trail, the couple traveled through the intersection of East Center and Walnut streets with a green signal.
A grey Chevrolet Trail Blazer, driven by Bryan Curtis Payne, 19, of London, did not stop at the red signal and sped through the intersection, according to a report from the London Police Department.
Noticing the SUV was not stopping, Rios said he slammed on the brakes of his bicycle. Kramer, just behind him, struck his bicycle in the rear and toppled over, striking her head on the pavement.
The helmet cracked, but it had done its job, Rios said.
Kramer was transported to Madison County Hospital. Following assessment in the emergency room, she was transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
She has sustained a concussion and an internal brain bleeding, Rios said. The fall to the ground also caused some bruising to her shoulder, knee and elbow.
Rios said Tuesday morning Kramer would undergo one more MRI to determine the disposition of her brain bleed. He described her condition as good. He said she was advised to refrain from any physical activity for a week.
Rios emphasized not only the importance of bicyclists wearing helmets, but also for cyclists and motorists to be alert and watch out for each other.
“We all need to be more attentive,” Rios said.
Rios, 70, said he and his wife cycle frequently in Madison County and support the local efforts to boost cycling as an activity.
Payne was cited for failure to stop at a red light, according to the police report.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.