From the it's-so-rare-it's-newsworthy files
The Guardian wrote:A “dangerous” cyclist knocked down and killed a pedestrian on a busy London street and then blamed his victim, saying people have “zero respect”, a court heard.
Alliston told police he had been riding a fixed-gear bike since 2014, having removed the front brake from a previous model.
In 2015, he tweeted: “The time when you first take your brakes off and feeling like you’re in a lucasbrunelle movie,” in apparent reference to an American bike stunt film-maker.
Penny told jurors: “The crown suggests that what the defendant was doing – riding a fixed-wheel bicycle without a front brake through a busy area of central London at nearly 20mph at lunchtime when hazards, such as pedestrians stepping out into the road, might well be expected to occur in front of him requiring him to react – was dangerous.
He has been charged with "under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act of causing bodily harm to Briggs by wanton or furious driving".