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A cyclist accused of killing a mother-of-two while riding an Olympics-style track bike shouted at her as she lay fatally injured on the ground following the crash, a court heard today.
Charlie Alliston, 20, is accused of manslaughter over the death of HR executive Kim Briggs, 44, who died after being hit while crossing the road in Old Street during her lunch break.
She suffered catastrophic head injuries from the collision with Alliston’s track bike with no front brake, which was going at 20mph prior to the crash on February 12 last year.
Eyewitness David Callan heard Alliston shouting a warning to Ms Briggs seconds before the collision and saw the cyclist fly through the air, the Old Bailey heard this morning.
“I had my head down looking at something on my phone when I heard a shout. It was a loud shout and sounded like a male voice conveying urgency like a warning”, he said in a statement read to the court.
“It made me look up immediately just in time to see a collision between a pedestrian and a cyclist and the cyclist was on the south side heading in a westerly direction.
“The pedestrian was not using the crossing and the collision occurred approximately 30 feet after the crossing.
“The cyclist flew through the air as the pedestrian fell at the point of impact.
“The cyclist clattered to the road further down the road but quickly sprang to their feet and shouted something at the pedestrian before taking a step towards them.
“The cyclist froze after taking that initial step seeing the pedestrian was still lying on the ground.”
Ms Briggs, who had recently started work as head of human resources at genealogy website Find my Past, which is based near Old Street, died in hospital a week after the crash.
Jurors have heard Alliston did not have a front brake on his £470 Planet X bike, which is similar to those ridden by Olympic track athletes like Sir Chris Hoy.
It is said the bike could not be legally ridden on UK roads, and the crash would have been avoided if it had a front brake.
Alliston allegedly posted a series of comments on news articles about the crash in the days afterwards, denying he was to blame and suggesting Ms Briggs valued her mobile phone more than her life.
“I won’t say she deserved it, it was her fault. Yes it was her fault, but no she did not deserve it. Hopefully it is a lesson to be learned on her behalf”, he wrote.
Two days after the crash, he posted: “I refuse to accept any responsibility in this whatsoever… It’s not my fault people think they are invincible or just have zero respect for cyclists.
“What makes it worse is that, even when people were helping her, her phone was going off continuously with texts showing she was on it at the time.
“If you value your mobile phone more than your life maybe this is the type of wake up call you need.”
Alliston, who lives in Bermondsey, denies manslaughter and causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.
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