Charlie Alliston, 20, collided with HR consultant Kim Briggs, 44, at nearly 20mph in busy Old Street, central London, jurors heard
Charlie Alliston, 20, crashed into 44-year-old HR consultant Kim Briggs, at nearly 20mph in busy Old Street, central London, the court heard.
Young cyclist Charlie Alliston, 20, is on trial accused of running over and killing Kim Briggs, pictured
Alliston, who was 18 at the time, was riding a black ‘Planet X’ fixed wheel track pedal cycle with no front brake
It was said that the cyclist, who was 18 at the time, “clattered” onto the road while she fell to the ground, and her mobile phone ended up in the middle of the road.
Mrs Briggs died from her “catastrophic” injuries a week later, having suffered two skull fractures.
Alliston, who used to work as a courier, was riding a black Olympic-style “Planet X” fixed wheel track pedal cycle with no front brake.
Expert tests conducted afterwards found that if the bike had a front brake, he would have been able to stop and avoid the collision on February 12 last year, the Old Bailey was told.
Witness David Callan said in a statement that he was waiting at a pedestrian crossing on the north side of Old Street when the incident took place.
The court heard how expert tests conducted afterwards found if the bike had a front brake, Alliston would have been able to stop and avoid the collision on February 12 last year
He said: “I had my head down looking at something on my mobile phone, when I heard a shout.
“It was a loud shout, and sounded like a male voice, conveying urgency like a warning or alert.
“I couldn’t tell what was shouted but it made me look up immediately, just in time to see a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian.
“The pedestrian wasn’t using the pedestrian crossing, and the collision occurred approximately 30 or so feet after the crossing.
Mrs Briggs died from her ‘catastrophic’ injuries a week later, having suffered two skull fractures
“The cyclist flew though the air as the pedestrian fell at the point of impact.
“The cyclist clattered to the ground further down the road, but quickly sprang to their feet, shouting something at the pedestrian as they took a step towards the pedestrian, who lay on the ground.
“It sounded like the same voice I heard immediately prior to the collision.”
He went on: “The cyclist froze after taking that initial step, seeing the pedestrian was still lying on the ground.
“At this point I became aware of two men who appeared to be loading or unloading from a van parked near to the collision on the same south side of Old Street.
“They walked towards the pedestrian but they and the cyclist kept a few feet away from the pedestrian, who remained on the ground.
“One of the two men started to use his mobile phone, which I assumed was to call an ambulance.
“And he also told the other man to retrieve the pedestrian’s mobile phone from the middle of the road.”
Mr Callan said he left the scene to continue his journey, after seeing there were people there to help.
The weather and visibility were good, and traffic wasn’t too bad, he added.
The court also heard a statement from William Ringwood, who sold Alliston the bike for £470 in January or February 2016.
The court has previously heard how the bike is illegal on Britain’s roads without any brakes, and is designed to be ridden inside a Velodrome – like those used by Sir Chris Hoy and Laura Trott.
Mr Ringwood said he bought the bike himself in 2014 for £700 and became a qualified track cyclist at Lee Valley Velodrome.
He said he only used the bike three or four times, adding: “It was never ridden on the road.”
He decided to sell it last year, and Alliston contacted him through the London Fixed Gear and Single Speed website to buy it.
Alliston posted online about the crash in a bid to shift the blame, the court heard
Alliston travelled to his home in Shenfield, Essex and paid him in cash.
Mr Ringwood said: “The previous summer he had been a courier.
“He wanted to use the bike for track cycling.”
In the days after the collision, Alliston posted online about the crash in a bid to shift the blame, the court has heard.
He is said to have written: “I feel bad due to the seriousness of her injuries but I can put my hand up and say this is not my fault.
“People either think they are invincible or have zero respect for cyclists.”
Alliston, of Bermondsey, south east London, denies manslaughter, and causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving.
The trial continues.
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