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Bike Accident Leaves Central Valley Woman Brain Dead

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

Yesterday in this space we shared the stories of two serious pedestrian accidents. Tragically many of the same dangers that face pedestrians also face bicyclists. Helmet technology has improved in recent years, and wearing a helmet is a crucial safety precaution for bikers. But unfortunately it is sometimes not sufficient to avoid serious spinal and brain injuries.

An accident involving a bicyclist on Kings Canyon Road east of Fresno recently left a woman in very critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. Any brain or spinal injury is very serious. Tragically the young woman in this recent bicycling accident has been declared brain dead.

The accident happened on the steep incline as a 29-year-old bicyclist and her boyfriend were traveling the road in the Sierra Foothills. As she was trying to slow her bike on a downhill stretch, the woman lost control and was thrown from her bike. She had been wearing a protective helmet, but it shattered when her head struck the road, according to local law enforcement officials.

The Central Valley woman had fractured her skull in the fall on the twisting road. Emergency response crews had the bicyclist flown to Community Regional Medical Center where she was placed on life support and later declared brain dead.

The woman's family said the severely injured bicyclist was an avid rider who encouraged her family and boyfriend to take part in her sport.

The family is expected to donate the young woman's organs, perhaps to as many as eight separate donors.

Source: ABC Channel 30 News "Family: Valley native declared brain dead after cycling crash" Rick Montanez, May 22, 2011