A cyclist has been cleared the manslaughter of a mum-of-two who died after he crashed into her on a bike without a front brake. But Charlie Alliston could still face time behind bars after a judge said he failed to show “one iota of remorse” following the death of Kim Briggs. Prosecutors say the collision could have been avoided had a front brake been fitted to the Planet X fixed wheel track bike, a legal requirement Alliston claims he was not aware of.
The 44-year-old HR consultant was on her lunch break when she suffered “catastrophic” injuries as she crossed Old Street, east London, on February 12 last year. She died in hospital a week later. Alliston, who was 18 years old at the time, was today cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of “wanton and furious driving” in the groundbreaking case. He denied both charges.
Warning Alliston she was considering jail, Judge Wendy Joseph QC said: “I have not seen one iota of remorse from Mr Alliston at all at any stage.” Alliston said he shouted twice after spotting Mrs Briggs, slowed down as he approached and manoeuvred his bike to avoid her before she “stepped back”. He later wrote on a cycling forum that he had twice warned Mrs Briggs to “get the f*** outta my way,” and denied he was at fault, the court heard.