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Cyclist convicted following death of a pedestrian in east London

News   •   Aug 23, 2017 16:21 BST

A cyclist has been convicted following the death of a pedestrian in east London.

Charlie Alliston, 20 (03.06.97) of Trothy Road, SE1 was found guilty of wanton and furious driving under section 35 Offences Against the Person Act 1861 at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 23 August.

He will be sentenced on 18 September at the same court.

Detective Inspector Julie Trodden, of the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said:

"This is a sad case where a bicycle that was illegal for road use has been used on London's streets. The lack of a front brake resulted in Alliston's inability to stop and avoid the collision resulting in the tragic death of Kim Briggs.

"This investigation has highlighted the necessity for all cyclists to have the required brakes on their bikes, whether they be a fixed wheel or free wheeling hub cycle. It should act as a reminder to all road users that they have a responsibility to look out for each other and to travel safely at all times."

Police were called at approximately 12:20hrs on 12 February 2016 to reports of a collision on Old Street, near the junction with Charlotte Road, EC2.

Kim Briggs, a 44-year-old mother of two, was crossing the street when Alliston, who was riding a bicycle, collided with her.

The London Ambulance Service attended and Mrs Briggs was taken to the Royal London Hospital where she died on 19 February 2016.

A post-mortem examination took place at the Royal London Hospital on 25 February 2016 and gave cause of death as a severe head injury.

An examination of the bicycle established that it was a 'fixed wheel cycle' that did not have a front brake at the time of the collision. This resulted in a longer stopping distance when compared with other bicycles. The cycle should not have been in use of a public road.

On 11 March 2016, Alliston attended a police building and was interviewed under caution.

He was charged on 14 September 2016.