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Driver who killed mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman jailed for 30 weeks | UK News



A driver who ran over the mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks for causing her death.

In 2016, Liam Rosney crashed into Carol Boardman, 75, seconds after ending a phone call.

Last month, the 33-year-old pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

He has been sentenced to 30 weeks in prison and disqualified from driving for more than 18 months.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “This was an accident which could have easily been prevented and your contribution to that accident is significant in as much as you were distracted, the distraction being as a result of you using your mobile phone before the actual collision.

Chris Boardman described the loss of his mother as 'horrifically life-changing'
Chris Boardman described the loss of his mother as ‘horrifically life-changing’

“Any accident which results in someone losing their life is the most appalling tragedy, the more so when the deceased, as here, was well loved and, as I have indicated already, a pretty remarkable woman.”

Mrs Boardman suffered multiple injuries when she was hit by the Mitsubishi pick-up truck after falling from her bike on a mini-roundabout in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.

Mold Crown Court heard that shortly before the crash, Rosney made or received three phone calls while driving his vehicle. He did not have a hands-free facility set up.

Prosecutor Matthew Curtis said: “It’s clear he was speaking to his wife on the telephone four seconds before the fatal collision and he was, we submit, still distracted by the telephone call and mobile telephone handset.”

Rosney’s lawyer Oliver Jarvis said his client “says that he has destroyed the lives of two families and therefore nothing I say will seek to undermine that guilty plea.”

Liam Rosney, 32 and Victoria Rosney, 31, were initially charged over deleting call logs from their phones
Liam Rosney, 32 and Victoria Rosney, 31, were initially charged over deleting call logs from their phones

Mr Jarvis highlighted that Rosney, who had a clean licence before the crash, was driving at an appropriate speed and he would not have hit Mrs Boardman if she had not fallen from her bike.

Speaking ahead of the sentencing, Mr Boardman, who won gold at the 1992 Olympics, said: “Somebody being careless takes somebody’s life and it’s treated as just that – carelessness.”

He added: “Our legal system thinks that’s OK, and it’s wrong.

“I’m pretty certain that the death of my mother, which has been horrifically life-changing among all of our family, won’t be enough to change that.”

Rosney and wife Victoria Rosney, 32, were initially charged with doing an act tending or intending to pervert the course of justice by deleting call logs from their phones.

They originally faced trial in July last year but the jury was discharged halfway through.

The jury were directed to return not guilty verdicts after Judge Rowlands said they could not fairly convict them.

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