Search

Old Street cycle death: Rider Charlie Alliston, 20, jailed for 18 months over collision that killed Kim Briggs

PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 21 September 2017

Charlie Alliston, 20, arrives at the Old Bailey in London. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Charlie Alliston, 20, arrives at the Old Bailey in London. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A young cyclist who fatally injured a mum-of-two when he collided with her in Old Street has been sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders institution.

Former courier Charlie Alliston outside the Old Bailey in August. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA WireFormer courier Charlie Alliston outside the Old Bailey in August. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Charlie Alliston, then 18, was travelling at between 10 and 14mph on a fixed-gear track bike with no front brake before he hit 44-year-old Kim Briggs in February last year. Riding without a front brake is illegal.

Prosecutors took the unprecedented step of bringing a manslaughter charge against him – of which Old Bailey jurors took more than 12 hours to clear him.

But he was convicted of the lesser offence of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving.

The offence, under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, carried a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

Victim: Mum of two Kim Briggs died. Picture: Met PoliceVictim: Mum of two Kim Briggs died. Picture: Met Police

Sentencing at the Old Bailey Judge Wendy Joseph said: “I am satisfied in some part it was this so-called thrill that motivated you to ride without a front brake shouting and swearing at pedestrians to get out of the way.

“I’ve heard your evidence and I have no doubt that even now you remain obstinately sure of yourself and your own abilities.

“I have no doubt you are wrong in this. You were an accident waiting to happen. The victim could have been any pedestrian. It was in fact Mrs Kim Briggs.”

The judge said Alliston’s “whole manner of driving” caused the accident.

“If you bicycle had a front wheel brake you could have stopped but on this illegal bike you could not and on your evidence, by this stage, you were not even trying to slow or stop.

“You expected her to get out of the way.”

Alliston, now 20, of Bermondsey, raised his eyebrows as the judge told him his sentence would be custodial.

He had blamed Mrs Briggs for the collision. The HR consultant had stepped backwards into the rider’s path and had not been using a pedestrian crossing.

After the crash but before Mrs Briggs died of her injuries, Alliston made a series of social media posts describing how he twice warned Mrs Briggs to “get the f*** outta my way”.

He wrote: “We collided pretty hard, our heads hit together, hers went into the floor and ricocheted into mine.”

He added: “It is her fault but no, she did not deserve it.”

Mrs Briggs’ widower Matthew, from Lewisham, south London, has called for a “radical change” in cycling culture and the introduction of new laws, including causing death by dangerous cycling.

He has said: “I am now determined to do what I can to prevent others from going through the heartache we have had to bear following Kim’s needless death.

“The current law is outdated and has not kept pace with the huge increase in the number of people cycling and the associated increased risk of collisions, nor the attitude of some cyclists.

“We need to change the way the law deals with this.

“I am calling for an introduction of laws of causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless cycling, thereby bringing cycling laws into line with the Road Traffic Act.”

Reporting by Press Association

Related articles

Latest Hackney Stories

6 minutes ago

The 32-year-old offered an honest assessment on Saturday’s clash between O’s and Boreham Wood

Justin Edinburgh praised Craig Clay after the victory over Boreham Wood and provided an update on James Brophy

Continental Tyres Cup Group One South: Crystal Palace Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 1 (5-4 after penalties)

21 minutes ago

A left-turn ban from Mare Street into Richmond Road has resulted in 13,819 tickets being dished out in just two months, the Gazette can reveal.

09:00

Sporting Bengal United were held for a point in an eight goal thriller against new boys Saffron Walden at Catons Lane this weekend.

10:00

A pop-up bar has lived up to its description over the last five years, having moved around Shoreditch, Dalston, Hackney Wick and London Fields. Now Night Tales is staying put.

11:30

A former police office and Stoke Newington RAF cadet is now serving his country in another way – after his call handling start-up app was given permission to be contracted by the government.

11:01

Health chiefs in Hackney will hold their AGM next month explaining future plans for services in the borough.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now


Newsletter Sign Up

Hackney Gazette twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists