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Experts give helmet tips following West Hartford cycling death

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Anne Dombrofski is a mother of two died in a tragic bicycling accident while wearing a helmet. (WFSB) Anne Dombrofski is a mother of two died in a tragic bicycling accident while wearing a helmet. (WFSB)
WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

West Hartford is in mourning Friday after a mother of two died in a tragic bicycling accident while wearing a helmet.

Anne Dombrofski dedicated her life to her two children and her husband.

When she wasn't spending time with her family, she was volunteering at Saint Thomas the Apostle School.

"She had done so many wonderful things. She had such a rich life in 48 years, she did what most people may not do in 75.," said a teacher with the school.

Dombrofski was out on a bike ride with her husband when she hit a rut in the road on Cornerstone Drive near Buena Vista. 

She fell from her bike and sustained a serious head injury, despite wearing a properly fitted helmet.

Dombrofski was taken to St. Francis Hospital where she was put on life support. She died after her family took her off a few days later.

Her death came as a shock to everyone not only because she was wearing a helmet, but also because she was an experienced biker.

Friends said Dombrofski had even traveled around the world on her bike.

Dr. Steven Wolf, who is head of the ER at St. Francis, said helmets only work 75% of the time.

"It's very unfortunate [but] you can do the right thing. 75% percent improving your chances by getting the right helmet, proper fitting...but like everything t doesn't guarantee you," said Wolf.

Experts said that it is important that cyclists look at their helmets, make sure they fit snugly with no gaps and use a strap that connects properly.

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