A CYCLIST killed a pedestrian while speeding at 30mph on an illegally modified E-bike, a court heard today.
Thomas Hanlon, 32, allegedly ploughed into Sakine Cihan, 56, as she crossed the road in Dalston, East London.
She was rushed to hospital but died the next day from a "catastrophic" head injury, in what is believed to be the first death of a pedestrian after a collision with an e-bike in the UK.
The Old Bailey heard how Hanlon's bike was classed as a motorcycle rather than an E-bike despite using a battery as it could travel more than the 15.5mph legal limit.
At the time of the crash on August 28, 2018, he was travelling at speeds of around 30mph, jurors were told.
'IT WAS GOING WAY TOO QUICK'
Prosecutor Nathan Rasiah said: "The vehicle that Mr Hanlon was riding was fitted with a motor that could propel the vehicle at a much greater speed.
"Indeed, on approach to the collision he was travelling in the range of 30 on a road that is limited to 20.
"In short, the prosecution case against him was that he was driving without due care and attention and that carelessness was a cause of the collision and the death of Ms Cihan."
Witness Raymond Murphy told the court how he was cycling along the high street when Hanlon overtook him - causing him to think "Jesus, that's fast".
He said a few moments later, he "suddenly saw arms and legs everywhere, flying in the air".
Reading Mr Murphy's statement, Mr Rasiah said: "It struck me that it was going way too quickly for a normal electric bicycle."
'SHE FELL TO THE GROUND'
Another witness Joshua Stubbs told jurors how Sakine was on the ground bleeding from the mouth, nose and possibly her ears after the crash.
He added: "It looked like their heads made contact then the cyclist fell to the ground.
"After a few seconds the cyclist got up and looked dazed and confused, the lady lay motionless on the road."
The court was told Hanlon admitted leaving the scene after the collision but claimed he had no time to swerve as Sakine had stepped out into the road unexpectedly.
He also claimed she "rushed out" in front of him to cross and "didn't even look at me".
Jurors heard the lights at the crossing were green for traffic but he said the speed Hanlon was travelling at amounted to driving without due care and attention.
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Hanlon, of East London, denies charges of causing death while uninsured and causing death while unlicensed, as well as causing death by careless driving.
The prosecution and defence agree he did not have a licence or insurance for a motorbike, but he is contesting the first two charges because they require a fault in the driving, which contributed in a more than a minimal way to the death.
The trial continues.