Driver, 33, who was on speaker-phone minutes before killing Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman’s mother, 75, at mini-roundabout where she had fallen off bike is jailed for 30 weeks
- Liam Rosney admitted causing death of Carol Boardman, 75, by careless driving
- Rosney was driving pick-up truck and took three calls on his mobile before crash
- He drove over Mrs Boardman after she fell from her bicycle on mini-roundabout
- The 33-year-old jailed for 30 weeks following the 2016 incident in North Wales
Liam Rosney is seen arriving at Mold Court this morning with his wife Victoria
A careless driver who killed the mother of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks.
Liam Rosney, 33, admitted causing the death of Carol Boardman, 75, by careless driving in a collision on July 16, 2016.
Rosney run her over at a mini-roundabout after the grandmother had fallen from her bicycle moments before.
Rosney was driving a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and had taken three calls on his mobile, which was on loudspeaker, before the crash in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.
Mr Boardman described the death as ‘horrifically life-changing’, and called for more driving bans to deter motorists breaking the law.
He was initially due to stand trial charged with causing death by dangerous driving, but pleaded guilty to the less serious charge in December.
He was sentenced at Mold Crown Court this morning.
Rosney and his wife Victoria, who he had been speaking to on the phone before the collision, had both originally been charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly deleting call logs.
However, the charges were dropped halfway through a trial in July and the jury was discharged.
During the original trial, the court heard his father Peter Rosney, a retired detective constable, had tried to stop officers from questioning Mrs Rosney about the crash while she was at work.
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Carol Boardman (pictured, with her grandchildren) was on her bike when she was involved in the collision in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, on July 16, 2016
Rosney (left) was driving a Mitsubishi pick-up truck and had taken three calls on his mobile, which was on loudspeaker, before the crash that killed the mother of Chris Boardman (right)
Cyclist Boardman, who won individual pursuit gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, paid tribute to his mother after the crash.
Writing on social media in 2016, the 50-year-old said: ‘Our mum was the most positive, outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met.
‘Many of our childhood memories involve my mother and the outdoors, walking out over Hoylake sandbank, swimming in the deep gullies or hunting for fossils on Llandegla Moor in North Wales.
‘Wanting to share her passion for cycling, even well into her 70s, she often took groups of young novices out on their first forays into North Wales.
‘She leaves behind Keith, her partner for more than half a century, Lisa and I, and a large, loving family. We cannot yet conceive a world without her in it.
‘We love you, Carol, may the wind be ever at your back.’