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Cyclist convicted over death of pedestrian


A cyclist who crashed into a woman after riding through a busy area of central London without a front brake has been convicted of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving.

Charlie Alliston, 20, hit 44-year-old Kim Briggs at between 15mph and 18mph as she crossed Old Street in Shoreditch in her lunch hour on 12 February 2016.

She died a week later after unsuccessful surgery on two skull fractures and a brain haemorrhage.

Alliston, who was riding a fixed wheel track bicycle not equipped with a front brake, was found guilty today (23 August) by a jury at the Central Criminal Court.

Aisling Hosein, from the CPS, said:

"Charlie Alliston chose to cycle at speed through the middle of a city without a front brake.

"He collided with Mrs Briggs, knocking her unconscious, and she died a few days later.

"He then published messages on social media blaming Mrs Briggs and denying any responsibility for the collision.

"We are grateful for the witnesses who came forward to support this prosecution and our thoughts go out to Mrs Briggs' family at this time."


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