Yoga Loses One of its Own in Bicycle Accident.

Via on Nov 9, 2011

Jenna Morrison, 38 years old and 5 months pregnant, lost her life on Monday in a bicycle accident in Toronto, Canada.

Jenna was a yoga teacher, dancer, wife and mother whose life was cut short when she was clipped by a truck on her way to pick up her 5 year old son from school. She was wearing a helmet and carrying her son’s helmet when she was caught under the truck’s back tires and killed.

I’m not a cyclist. I’ll admit that I’ve been more than frustrated by living in an avid cyclist area, where highways are narrow and cyclists ride two abreast, even when there is no bike lane to be had. We have many accidents every year and I have witnessed at least two personally.

In Santa Cruz, maybe two years ago, an almost identical accident happened on Highway 1, aka Mission Street, where a cyclist versus truck and resulting fatality occured. And I’ve been the ear of my sister in Portland, where there is much angst between the two groups on who has the ride-of-way.

Today, on my way to pick up my own sons from school,  I watched, in horror, as  a car cut a hard right in front of two bicyclists, narrowly missing an accident and the resulting bird-flying that ensued.

What’s a yogi to do?

First off: let’s remember Jenna. A wife whose unending dedication nursed her husband through cancer. Who left behind a sweet 5 year old boy. Who took with her a sweet little life-to-be.

And let’s not fail to ask ourselves how we can better be safer on the roads. I know, as a motorist, that I have screamed silently at cyclists: YOU ARE EITHER A PEDESTRIAN OR A MOTORIST. YOU CANNOT BE BOTH! I’ve watched as both motorists and cyclists have acted hastily, dangerously, angrily. I’ve secretly hated anyone on a bike that dares a road that is hard to drive, even in a vehicle.

But in the end, I am driving a body of steel and they are driving bodies of flesh and blood. Don’t get me wrong. I live in California. Much of us are not able to use a bicycle as means of transport, and those that do can be downright maddening (you realize this is a busy, narrow highway prone to mudslides, and/or this is a busy, narrow road with no bike lane). But nonetheless, those of us who have the deadlier impact should be more careful, because lives are very much at stake.

I’m saddened to hear of Jenna’s loss. As a mother myself, my heart goes out to her family, to her poor husband and child, to the loss of the child she was making. And it could have been too easy to prevent, if we “car” drivers had just been a little more careful.

About Candice Garrett

Candice Garrett is a yoga teacher, writer, foodie and mother of three from Monterey, California. She is author of "Prenatal Yoga: Finding Movement in Fullness," assistant to Female Pelvic Floor Goddess Leslie Howard and director of the Nine Moons Prenatal Yoga teacher training program. Candice teaches yoga, prenatal yoga and pelvic health with workshops nationally. You can find her teaching schedule at Candice Garrett Yoga or her love of food at The Yogic Kitchen

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11 Responses to “Yoga Loses One of its Own in Bicycle Accident.”

  1. DaveTelf says:

    devastating

  2. As a cycling yogini in LA, I know that it brings a greater awareness for me to the importance of staying in now, as I have found myself getting more distracted the more “confident” I am on my bike.

    Life is very precious, as this tragedy reminds us. My heart goes out to her family.

  3. Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

    This is so tragic. Truly devastating. I live in a city where probably at least (if not more) than 60% bicycle. There are bike paths everywhere, but one can still sense people's urges to 'go first, to be faster, to beat the other person no matter where their destination is' – it's weak minded thinking, lost in our own head's and our own stresses. The one way we can alleviate ourselves from this state of being is by compassion – toward ourselves and others.

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  4. This is so awful! Is anything being organized w/in the yoga community to reach out to her husband & son?

  5. ARCreated says:

    life is so fragile.

  6. lek says:

    I am very sad for her family.
    What an awful thing to have happened.
    I am sorry for the driver of the truck too. To know that you have taken a life (though by accident,) and that there is no way for you to change what has happened. To try to give back to the family and community some of what has been taken is a task that can never truly be accomplished.
    What can one do to try to make a difference in the lives of all of those involved.

    My condolences.

  7. Christy says:

    Devastating isn't even the word. That's just tragic. I sure hope they got a good los angeles personal injury lawyer and sued the pants off of the truck driver.

  8. There are so many websites showing what councils in the UK are "doing". I put that in quotes cause it's not quite doing anything. I have seen bike paths start and end at bus stops! Come on UK, please give us the choice to cycle safely.

    That said Scotland does have some amazing purpose built bike lanes due the rivers e.g. Glasgow, the Clyde, there is a bike path that goes for miles (4 hours of cycle to get from City Centre Glasgow to a friends house…maybe one day I will do it!)

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