Riders4Helmets reported on the tragic death of equestrian Cheryl Strong-Camilleri back in August. We recently received the following note from Britni Lovelace, Cheryl’s daughter, and wanted to share her very important message with as many people as possible. Please share this post.
“Thank you for having this helmet awareness website (www.riders4helmets.com). We lost our beloved cowgirl-mama, Cheryl Strong-Camilleri, this August 4th, 2012 from head trauma. A tragic fluke accident to an experienced rider, that may have been avoided if a helmet were worn. She was 49, a month away from her big 50! Left behind 5 children from ages 23-30, and a loving husband. If this post changes the mind of one person to wear a helmet, then my mission is accomplished. I love you mom!” – Britni Lovelace
Editor’s note: we are so deeply sorry for your loss Britni and thank you for sharing your story with us. We hope that your message goes viral on Facebook, Twitter etc and that perhaps it will encourage someone who has never worn a helmet to go out and purchase one. R.I.P Cheryl Strong-Camilleri.
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Cheryl L. Camilleri, 49, died of closed-head trauma August 4th, 2012. Camilleri had been trail riding in Hidden Falls Regional Park, Auburn, California with two friends and the group was making their way back to the trailer. Camilleri was riding behind her friends and when they looked back they saw her horse running up a different part of the trail. When the friends caught up with Camilleri she lay on the ground unconscious and some passing hikers were attempting to assist her. “Her fall wasn’t witnessed,” Dena Erwin, public information officer for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said, “so they’re just assuming she fell or was thrown off of her horse. No one will ever know.”
Brooke Smith, Camilleri’s daughter, said “one of Camilleri’s friends rode back to the trailer to try to get cell phone reception to call 911, while the hikers and second friend remained with Camilleri, but by the time the friend returned Camilleri was no longer breathing.”
When medics arrived they performed CPR, but Camilleri’s breathing was by then off and on. She was taken to hospital but her brain was severely damaged and their was nothing that could be done to save her life. She was subsequently taken off life support.
Camilleri was not wearing a helmet at the time of her fall. “That’s something that her and I never do is wear a helmet,” said Smith. “Something as simple as that could have possibly saved her life.”
Please always wear a helmet when you ride….it might just save your life.