Law must change to tackle reckless cyclists, says widower of Kim Briggs killed in crash with illegal bike

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The husband of a pedestrian fatally injured by a cyclist riding an illegal bike today warned that similar tragedies were “probably inevitable”.

Matt Briggs, 45, said the law had to be changed to deal with the growing menace of “reckless” cyclists and those who choose to ride “potentially lethal” bikes without front brakes.

Charlie Alliston, 20, was yesterday cleared at the Old Bailey of manslaughter but convicted of wanton and furious driving — a 150-year-old law — after colliding with mother of two Kim Briggs, 44, in Old Street on February 12 last year. She suffered two skull fractures as they collided as she tried to cross the road. She died a week later in hospital. 

Mr Briggs told Radio 4’s Today programme that new offences of death by dangerous cycling and death by careless cycling were needed. He said: “If this were to happen again, which I think it probably inevitably will, the police and CPS have a more coherent framework to reach for, so that for the next family having to go through this, it’s more straightforward.”

‘Wonderful woman’: Kim Briggs died after a crash with cyclist in Old Street (Met Police)

Alliston, said by Judge Wendy Joseph QC to have shown not “one iota of remorse”, was warned he faced jail when he is sentenced on September 18.

Mr Briggs said he was not seeking a “witch-hunt” against cyclists but said action was needed to tackle the “fetishism” or “fashion statement” of riding bikes without conventional brakes.

“This is dealing with a specific issue of reckless cyclists and those who choose to ride fixed-wheel bikes without the additional front brake,” he said. 


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