THE HUSBAND of a woman killed in a cycling incident in Pewsey is calling for Wiltshire Police to reinvestigate the incident following the prosecution of London cyclist Charlie Alliston under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

Diane Walker was struck by a cyclist on Pewsey High Street on May 13, 2016 and airlifted to the Great Western Hospital but sadly she passed away two days later without any charges being brought against the cyclist.

Now one year on her husband Peter, of Edwardian Court, Pewsey, wants the case to be reopened and investigated in the wake of the prosecution of Charlie Allison, who was found guilty of causing bodily harm to a mother-of-two by wanton and furious driving under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act in London earlier this week.

He said: “The police said that under the 1947 Road Traffic Act there wasn’t anything they could do in an accident between a cyclist and a pedestrian.

“At the time of my wife’s death I went to our MP Claire Perry and said that the 1947 act is 70 years old and that cycling accidents should be included in the Act. This is the same argument the person in London is going down in relation to the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.

“Wiltshire Police don’t seem to have taken this or the 1991 Road Traffic Act into consideration. We will see what happens.”

Alliston, 18, was riding a bike without a front brake at around 18 miles per hour when he collided with and killed pedestrian Kim Briggs, 44 in London. He was acquitted of a greater charge of manslaughter following the crash in February last year.

But Mrs Briggs’ husband has called for tougher new rules to tackle “irresponsible and reckless” cyclists, calling current laws outdated in the light of the conviction.

Alliston could be jailed for up to two years under the 1861 Act and will be sentenced on September 18.

Standing outside of the Old Bailey on Thursday afternoon Mr Briggs said: “I am now determined to do what I can to prevent others from going through the heartache we have had to bear following 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, myself cycle in London), only the irresponsible and reckless.

“We all have to share these imperfect streets, let’s do so with care and due regard for each other. The current law is outdated and has not kept pace with the huge increase in the number of people cycling and the associated increased risk of collisions, nor the attitude of some cyclists.

“We need to change the way the law deals with this. I am calling for an introduction of laws of causing death or serious injury by dangerous or careless cycling, thereby bringing cycling laws into line with the Road Traffic Act.”