Australian woman posted #nohelmet video just days before dying in Canggu motorbike crash

A photo Knights posted of herself in Uluwatu on April 16.
A photo Knights posted of herself in Uluwatu on April 16.

An Australian woman who died in Canggu, Bali after crashing a motorbike, had posted a video to her Instagram just days before her death with the tag #nohelmet.

Ella Makeesha Knights was found dead after allegedly falling from a scooter into a drainage gutter on the side of the road in Canggu, Bali in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Just about two meters from her body, a scooter was lying on the ground, engine still running, police said.

Most media is reporting that the 26 year old was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, based on what witnesses have said. However, one Australian outlet did report that it’s possible Knights was wearing a helmet, but it wasn’t fastened properly, as one was found some distance from her body.

Either way, a video Knights posted to Instagram on April 14 sure is chilling. The Aussie rides on the back of her friend’s scooter, enthusiastically screaming and wearing no helmet—she was even sure to use the hashtag #nohelmet and wrote, “Sorry mum.”

Ella Knights
The Aussie had posted footage of herself riding on the back of a scooter without a helmet, just weeks before her fatal accident.

Knights had been traveling for the past 10 weeks was reportedly set to fly back home to Sydney on May 1. She had recently graduated from a 200-hour yoga teacher training in Goa, India.

Her social media has been flooded, with some internet trolls writing disrespectful comments, but those for the most part have been overshadowed by the many tributes from loved ones and even strangers who have been affected by her story.

“Rest in peace Ella. I do not know you personally but I hope you are in a better place now. Condolences to your family and friends. May god bless you. All the way from NZ XXXXXXX,” wrote one commenter.

“I didnt know Ella but I read about what happened to her. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Sending love, strength and courage in this difficult time. RIP beautiful Ella,” wrote another.

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