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Helmets for your loved ones

Helmets are bulky. Helmets mess up your hair. Helmets can be hot and uncomfortable. Helmets are inconvenient to take to your classes.

I understand all that. I also understand that helmets prevent severe facial damage, reduce the risk of brain injury, and dramatically increase one’s chances of surviving an accident.

Only two short years ago, our West Side community was shattered by the death of Caroline Found. It was a “one in a million” accident that took her life. It left all of us who loved and respected her grief-stricken beyond words. Caroline was riding a moped and not wearing a helmet. She was 17 years old.

This week, I came upon a moped/car accident. The young woman was lying unresponsive in the middle of the street. The driver of the car that hit her was sobbing; the victim’s companion who was riding with her cradled her head and kept calling her name. Her moped was lying in the street with the engine still running. I was overcome with emotion as I thought about how, in a split second, our lives can change forever.

As she lay prone in the middle of Benton Street, I searched for her pulse and wondered how anyone could survive this type of head impact. The next day I found out that the young woman and her companion were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. She was lucky. Her story had a happy ending.

When you ride a two-wheeled vehicle, it is not a question of if you will put it to the ground someday but rather when.  Please — if you ride a bicycle, moped, or motorcycle — wear your helmet, not only for yourself but also your family and friends.

Kathy Bresnahan

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