Husband calls helmet a ‘lifesaver’

Last updated: August 05. 2014 5:36PM - 77 Views
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EMS technicians tend to Jane Kramer following an accident Monday morning on Center and Walnut streets in London.
EMS technicians tend to Jane Kramer following an accident Monday morning on Center and Walnut streets in London.
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A Columbus-area woman has sustained head injuries following a fall from her bicycle in London Monday morning.


Jane Kramer, 68, has a concussion and is also experiencing some internal brain bleeding, according to her husband, Edwin Rios.


The accident occurred as she and Rios, 70, also of Columbus, stopped abruptly in the face of a speeding SUV running the red light on Walnut Street at East Center Street. As Rios stopped, Kramer collided with her husband’s bicycle. It caused her to lose her balance and fall.


Her head hit the ground first, cracking her helmet.


“Thank God for the helmet,” Rios said.


Kramer was transported to Madison County Hospital, but was then transported to Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus for further observation and tests, Rios said. She also sustained bruises to her shoulder, elbow and knee.


On Tuesday, Rios described his wife’s condition as good. Another MRI will be performed to determine the extent of Kramer’s brain bleed, he said. Doctor’s orders included curtailing physical activity for one week.


The driver of the SUV, Bryan Curtis Payne, 19, of London, was cited for failure to stop at a red light, according to the police report.


Rios emphasized the importance of not only bicyclists wearing helmets, but also for cyclists and motorists being more alert and watching out for each other.


“We all need to be more attentive,” Rios said.


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.


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