UK cyclist guilty over pedestrian's death

UK cyclist guilty over pedestrian's death
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A former bicycle courier who knocked over and killed a mother of two in east London last year has been cleared of her manslaughter.

Instead, 20-year-old Charlie Alliston, was found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving”.

Kim Briggs, 44, was crossing the road on her lunch break when Alliston collided with her at 18mph on his secondhand fixed-gear bike.

She suffered serious head injuries and died a week later in hospital.

Alliston later went online to defend himself following the crash, claiming Mrs Briggs was at fault before deleting the comment when he realised how serious her injuries were.

He told the Old Bailey his comments had been stupid and not thought through.

The verdict has created a mini storm on twitter – pedestrians versus cyclists.

Alliston’s fixed-wheel track bike is the sort more commonly seen at an Olympic velodrome, being raced at great speeds.

In evidence, he told jurors he had no idea there were regulations that “fixies” have to have front brakes for use on the road.

In a statement read in court, Mr Briggs paid tribute to his “wonderful” wife, with whom he had a daughter aged 11 and a son aged 14.

The case has raised questions about safety and responsibility on the road.