Cyclist accused of killing pedestrian while riding illegal fixie 'could have stopped' if bike had brakes

Kim Briggs died after Charlie Alliston crashed into her in February 2016

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A cyclist accused of killing a mother-of-two after crashing into her as she crossed the road in London could have stopped if his fixed-gear bike had been fitted with brakes as required by law, a court has heard.

Charlie Alliston, aged 18 at the time of the incident in February 2016, denies charges of manslaughter and causing grievous harm by wanton and furious driving under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act after colliding with Kim Briggs as she crossed Old Street in east London.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.