Cyclist cleared of manslaughter after crash which left mother-of-two dead

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A cyclist who knocked down a mother-of-two as she crossed the street leaving her with fatal injuries, has been cleared of manslaughter.

Charlie Alliston was found guilty of “wanton and furious driving” after a groundbreaking trial at the Old Bailey today.

Then aged 18, the cyclist was travelling at 18mph on a fixed-wheel track bike with no front brakes before he crashed into 44-year-old Kim Briggs as she crossed Old Street on February 12 last year.

The mother-of-two, from Lewisham, died of her injuries. She had been on her lunch break when the crash happened.

Prosecutors took the unprecedented step of bringing a manslaughter charge due to the unusually grave circumstances of the case.

Jurors took more than 12 hours to find Alliston not guilty of manslaughter but convicted him of a lesser offence of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

Alliston was riding a “fixie”, a fixed wheel track bicycle with no front break, which is not legal on the road without modification.

The court had heard how he shouted for her to “get out of the way” twice before the pair crashed into each other.

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