Saturday, 23 January, 2021

E-bike cyclist cleared of killing Hackney pedestrian

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Sakine Cihan was crossing Kingsland Large Avenue in Dalston when she was struck

A bike owner has been cleared of killing a pedestrian when riding a modified e-bike in Hackney, east London.

Thomas Hanlon, 32, was accused of “likely way too swiftly” when he hit Sakine Cihan in Kingsland Superior Street in Dalston, on 28 August 2018.

He was acquitted of producing dying by careless driving and driving with no a licence at the Outdated Bailey.

Jurors took just above an hour to get to their verdicts in what is considered to be the to start with prosecution of its variety.

The courtroom listened to Mr Hanlon’s modified e-bicycle was travelling at additional than 10mph above the 20mph speed limit.

In regulation, e-bikes which are equipped with an electric powered motor can only be driven with no a licence or insurance policy if their ability is restricted, and the motor automatically switches off at speeds above 15.5mph.

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The court was told Mr Hanlon still left the scene regardless of a passer-by seeking to halt him

The courtroom read Mr Hanlon’s bicycle was capable of going double that pace and as these need to have been categorised as a bike.

Prosecutor Nathan Rasiah read out a assertion by bike owner Raymond Murphy, a witness to the 28 August crash, who explained he was “struck” that Mr Hanlon’s bike was “heading way too promptly for a standard electrical bicycle”.

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But, Mr Hanlon’s defence barrister Claire Howell argued that Ms Cihan experienced “ran out in front of him”.

She additional: “He is heading straight together a straight road on a sunny apparent working day when he has obtained the suitable of way and he can see the lights have modified to environmentally friendly and he’s just transferring as a result of.

“His reactions have been faster than many assured and cautious drivers in the time it took him to respond to her stepping out, which indicates he was trying to keep a excellent glance out.”

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