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Who was Kim Briggs?(‘Death by dangerous cycling’: Grant Shapps vows to punish reckless riders under proposed new crime welcomed by widower of wife killed) Wiki, Bio, Age, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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Who was Kim Briggs?

Kim Briggs died a week after suffering catastrophic injuries after being tackled by Charlie Alliston.

Briggs also said that a “normal, civilized and democratic society” needs a law like this “in order to deal with all eventualities.”

She added: ‘What it means to me and I think also to my family, to my children, is just a small, small degree of something positive that comes out of something so tragic.

“We’ve been through the darkest of times, like many, many other people, and it will give us a bit of positivity that we’ve accomplished something through tenacity, persistence and courtesy.”

Ms Briggs, a 44-year-old human resources consultant, suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries when Alliston crashed her with his illegal ‘fixie’ bike while crossing Old Street in London in February 2016. She died a week later in hospital.

Alliston later blamed her for the collision in online posts, saying she was lucky not to kill him and damage her new bike, which had no front brakes and was designed for use at a velodrome.

The former messenger and scaffolder also said that she had been on her phone, but it was proven in court that he was not.

Death

About a week after Ms. Briggs’s death, Mr. Briggs said police told him there was no crime to charge Alliston with even though he suspected she had been a criminal.

Ultimately, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter and causing bodily harm by “rangerous driving” and the case was brought to court 18 months after the incident.

Who is Kim Briggs husband?

Kim Briggs’ husband, Matthew, campaigned for a new death by dangerous cycling law. He today welcomed Mr. Shapps’ announcement as a “small degree of something positive that comes out of something so tragic.”

An Old Bailey jury acquitted Alliston of involuntary manslaughter but found him guilty of causing bodily harm to Mrs. Briggs by “little or mad driving” under the Offenses Against the Person Act of 1861, a law originally designed to cover crimes with horse-drawn carriages.

After Alliston was jailed for 18 months, Mr. Briggs made an impassioned plea for a change in the law and in the attitude of some cyclists.

A cyclist himself, he called for the new crime of causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless cycling, saying: ‘We all have to share these imperfect streets, let us do so with care and due respect for others.’

He also urged retailers to do more to make it clear to customers that fixed-wheel bikes without proper brakes are dangerous and illegal to use on the road.

Statement

In a powerful statement, he said: “I am now determined to do what I can to prevent others from going through the pain we have had to endure after Kim’s needless death.”

‘We need to radically change some aspects of our cycling culture. This is not a witch hunt against all cyclists (I cycle in London myself), just against the irresponsible and reckless. We all have to share these imperfect streets, let’s do it with care and due respect for others.

‘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 crashes, nor the attitude of some cyclists. We need to change the way the law treats this.

“I call for the introduction of laws on deaths or serious injuries caused by dangerous or careless cyclists, thus aligning the laws on cyclists with the Road Traffic Law.

“I also want people to understand that riding a bike without two brakes is illegal and, as we’ve seen, potentially lethal. I want bike retailers and, in particular, courier companies to communicate clearly and forcefully that these bikes are not legal or suitable for road use.”

He added: ‘Finally, I would like to say that I will not live my life in anger. Anger is corrosive and damaging and there is enough anger in this world already. Rather, I will strive to live my life and raise my children as Kim did. Surrounded by positivity, compassion, humor and joy’

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