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A helmet saved my daughter yesterday

Original post made by Carina Rossner on Dec 3, 2013

Gabi was riding her bike into Paly and swerved and crashed to avoid running into a boy who crossed her path. Even though she was riding slowly, she fell full forward and whacked her head on the concrete and then had her backpack whack her in the back of the head. The bike fell on her and she blacked out for a bit.

However, because she had her helmet on and buckled, we got to go to Urgent Care to treat a concussion rather than the Emergency Room or morgue.

I have been a helmet enforcer for a while, stopping unknown kids on the streets and reminding them to put on the helmets they have hanging on their handle bars. I yell at passing kids to buckle up. This has mortified my kids on more than one occasion and not made me that popular with some parents. However, it did make sure that my daughter knew to wear her helmet and possibly saved her life.

PLEASE PLEASE share this story with your kids and remind them that it is not cool to become an organ donor.

Carina Rossner

PS If your son came home yesterday with a scrape on his leg, please let the school know. The boy that my daughter swerved to avoid crashing into thanked her by cursing her out for grazing his leg, kicking the bike while it was on top of her, leaving her on the ground dazed and alone, and walking away. Happened around 9:00 am near the fields and they are looking for witnesses.

PPS Adults who don't wear helmets are sending a very strong message to our teens that it is not cool or mature to buckle up. Only kids have to do it so it must be silly. Think twice before going topless.

Comments (4)

Posted by Outside Observer, a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2013 at 8:57 pm

The best way to avoid the dangers of cycling is to simply not bicycle. You can't change the laws of physics, and this article is a perfect example of why it is dangerous at any speed.


Posted by Duveneck parent, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

@ outside observer WHAT?!?!?


Posted by Just like Mr. Prehn, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Tell that to the principal at Fairmeadow, he often rides the bike around campus without helmet, and goes classroom to classroom. Very young students ask why does he never wears a helmet when he does not even have hair to get messed up. He is such a bad model for our kids.


Posted by C, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 8, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Paly student here -- I'll keep a lookout and so I have one quick question: Did you mean 8:00 or did you mean 9:00? Because if it was truly 9:00 it limits possible perpetrators to fewer than 100 kids (who have prep at that time) and Paly will give you a list of pictures of possible persons to identify perpetrators (or I think they will; that's what Jordan did when you complained of a problem, at least). If it's 8:00, she'd have to scan practically the entire school so....
It's courtesy & safety 101 to check and see if someone is okay after they fall.


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