Heartbroken friends and family have paid tribute to a well-known Lincoln fish and chip shop owner who lost her life in a tragic pothole cycle crash.
It is understood Carolyn Dumbleton, 52, was thrown from her bike when she hit a road crater on a steep hill in Cromford, Derbyshire on July 8.
Her daughter Samantha, 25, said she had flown 60ft over the ‘six foot wide pothole’ when she hit a manhole cover within it.
She described the moment drivers and passers-by stopped in an attempt to resuscitate her mother before she was airlifted to Northern General Hospital.
Her family were told, while she had worn helmet, she had suffered severe spinal injuries. A cardiac arrest had also starved her brain of oxygen, leaving her with brain damage.
Five days later, her family gave permission for her life support to be turned off and she sadly died from her injuries.
Samantha posted on Facebook and gave her permission for The Lincolnite to share her words and pictures:
“Me and dad would like to thank all the people that stopped to help her on the side of the road, especially to the couple that took it in turns giving her CPR. Also to the police, helicopter paramedics and all the staff at the hospital who have been truly amazing to my mum, and to me and my dad at such a difficult time.
“But mostly, to my family and friends that have rallied around me and my dad and continue to support us in this hard time. We will never be able to thank you enough.”
She updated hundreds of well-wishers on Friday to say that her mum had passed away in her arms. She added that her organs would be donated to save the lives of others in need.
“It is with a broken heart I tell you that even though my mum put up the fight of her life she simply isn’t going to wake up.
“I laid in my mum’s hospital bed and held her close to be till the very end and told her to be brave, not to be scared and that it was okay, she could rest now.
“My mum’s organs are being donated and she is saving lives as I write this, and that makes my mum a hero.
“I love you mum, now, forever and always. Don’t worry. I got things from here.”
Hundreds of people have left tributes to Carolyn, known by many as owner of popular chip shop Back of the Net on Scorer Street and as a dedicated Imps fan.
Lincoln City Football Club issued a statement before she passed away reading: “The thoughts of everyone at Lincoln City FC are with Carolyn Dumbleton and her close friends and family at this extremely difficult time.
“The club will have a bucket collection around the stadium before the Sheffield Wednesday match this evening and at half time to raise money for the family. Your donations would be greatly appreciated. Buckets will also be available at various catering points around Sincil Bank. The club will also be making a donation to the family separately.”
Samantha urged people to cherish their loved ones.