What a tragic story and my sincere condolences to the family who lost their loved one
I have ALWAYS worn a helmet, it's something my trainer always insisted on and now I'm so used to it, I'd feel naked if I was on my horse and didn't have my helmet on! I got bucked off another horse once in the middle of a field, and I was wearing it that day, thank God. Thankfully, I didn't hit my head, but all I could think about is what if I had fallen a different way or hit a tree on the way down? It's because of stories like the above that I am always reminded to wear it...just like PoptartShop says above "SAFETY FIRST!"
Thanks for posting kitten_Val, it's definitely a shocking but eye-opening story and a good reminder to us all.