Cyclist with no brakes mows down four-year-old boy just 24 hours after he was warned about speeding

October 12, 2017

A cyclist on a bike with no brakes mowed down a four-year-old boy just 24 hours after he was warned about speeding on the same road.

Richard Manners was spotted by a Police Community Support Officer who told him to stop after he was seen speeding downhill in a pedestrian zone.

He was given a verbal warning about his dangerous behaviour and told to get brakes for his bicycle , it emerged today.

But just one day later, 21-year-old Manners pedalled at speed down the same road and crashed into four-year-old Matteo Carlucci, who was walking ahead of his parents.

Matteo’s mum and dad had attempted to warn their son about the oncoming bike but could not prevent the collision.

Richard Manners had already been warned about speeding and his lack of brakes (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

Manners initially approaching the family on Peascod Road – a pedestrianised zone (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

The child became entangled in the bike causing Manners and Matteo to skid together for almost 30 feet.

The boy’s arm was broken after getting stuck between the front wheel and the arch of the bike. The child also lost a tooth and suffered friction burns all down his face.

Today, police released CCTV footage of the entire incident in Windsor, Berkshire, as Manners, who had been sleeping rough in the Royal town, was starting a 27-week jail sentence for wilful misconduct.

He was sentenced at Reading Crown Court by Miss Recorder Christine Agnew who told him: “You came cycling down that street at some speed, in breach of pedestrianisation. These offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

Manners collides with the young boy (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

Peascod Street in Windsor (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

A CCTV camera captured the moments leading up to the horror crash.

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Manners can be seen riding at speed among pedestrians in Peascod Street, Windsor.

Moments later he and little Matteo collide before the boy is bowled over by the wheel of the youth’s bike.

He is then carried on the bike until Manners falls over the handlebars and they crash in a heap on the road.

Manners falls over the handlebars of his bike (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

Matteo’s mother and father saw the entire crash and rushed over to help their son as Manners ran off.

He returned moments later to collect his bike but fled for a second time. Police said that they had never found the illegal bike but that Manners walked into a police station 15 minutes after the incident.

He was later charged with one count of causing bodily harm by wilful misconduct which he admitted on the first day of his trial.

The PCSO who stopped Manners on March 30 last year gave him a verbal warning about riding a bicycle in a pedestrian area as well as instruction to get brakes put on the bike.

Matteo’s father runs towards his son after the collision (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

It was understood that Manners had found the bike while he was living rough in Windsor and ignored the fact that it did not have any working brakes.

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The family had been visiting the town as part of holiday to Legoland, in Windsor, Berkshire, from their home town in Dunfermline, Fife, in Scotland.

Mum, Stella Watson, cradled Matteo in her arms as a passer-by rang for an ambulance while Matteo was shouting “mummy, my arm, my arm”.

Dad, Davide Carlucci, managed to untangle his son from the wheel and frame of the bike and appears to vent his anger at the cyclist as they go out of view of the CCTV.

Manners fled the scene after the crash but later handed himself into police (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

Defence barrister Amer Asghar said that Manners had seen the little boy walking ahead of him and had shouted out “Watch!” before they collided.

He said: “He is not here to explain what went wrong but he is here to say sorry to the mother, the father and of course, young Matteo.

“He is himself the stepfather of two young children aged two and five years. He has been brought up in a care home environment throughout the majority of his young years. He had no family to support him.

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Manners admitted one count of causing bodily harm by wilful misconduct. However the judge, Miss Recorder Christine Agnew, said this would not be counted as a significant mitigating circumstance, as he had given no indication of this plea before the first day of trial.

The boy was badly hurt after the incident – including a broken arm (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

Peascod Road is not meant for cyclists (Image: INS News Agency Ltd)

She added that his case was further affected by the fact that he already had a suspended sentence for a battery offence, of which he was convicted in 2016.

She said: “On March 31 last year Matteo Carlucci was walking down Peascod Road in Windsor, Berkshire, with his family. He was visiting Windsor and enjoying the privileges of a cycle-free zone, so his parents did not insist on holding his hand.

“You came cycling down that street at some speed, in breach of this pedestrianisation.

“In the CCTV footage, it is apparent you are unable to brake when Matteo runs into your path. You collided with him and he was trapped in the arch of your bicycle.

“I have read multiple times this morning a victim impact statement which goes into some detail the initial incident and the lasting impact it has had on Matteo and his family. It has had a lasting effect on a very young child in relation to bikes and cars in general.”

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