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A cyclist has been cleared of manslaughter after a woman died when he ploughed into her on his bike with no front brakes. However, he has been found guilty of wanton and furious driving.

Charlie Alliston, who was 18 at the time of the incident, hit mother of two Kim Briggs as she was walking in Old Street, east London, on 12 February 2016.

Alliston, now 20, caused outrage in the British press when he blamed the collision on the 44-year-old. She died a week later in hospital from "catastrophic injuries".

He told a jury at the Old Bailey that even if he had brakes on his bike, he wouldn't have been able to slow down soon enough to prevent hitting her.

This was something that the prosecutor, Duncan Penny QC, attempted to refute.

This was corroborated by a crash investigator who concluded that Alliston would have been able to brake in time to avoid Briggs.

The bike he was riding was a black Planet X carbon-frame track bike, more commonly associated with Olympic athletes for use at a velodrome. It is only road legal with in the UK with front brakes.

Alliston wrote online after the incident saying: "I feel bad due to the seriousness of her injuries but I can put my hand up and say this is not my fault."

Kim Briggs' husband, Michael Briggs gave a short statement outside the Old Bailey after the verdict. He said: "I lost my wife and best friend. The children lost a mother who always had their back."

Alliston was released on bail and will be sentenced on 18 September.