A driver who fatally ran over the mother of the Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks.
Liam Rosney, 33, admitted last month causing the death of Carol Boardman by careless driving in July 2016. On Thursday he was sentenced at Mold crown court and disqualified from driving for 18 and a half months.
Carol Boardman, 75, whose son Chris won gold at the 1992 Olympics, sustained multiple injuries when she was hit by Rosney’s Mitsubishi pickup truck after falling from her bike on a mini-roundabout in Connah’s Quay, north Wales, on 16 July 2016.
The court heard that Rosney took three calls on his mobile phone, which was on speaker, before the crash. His truck did not have a hands-free facility.
The 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.
“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 a pretty remarkable woman.”
The court heard that Carol Boardman, who was wearing a helmet and bright clothing, fell from her bicycle on to the road and was run over by Rosney.
Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, 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.”
One witness, Kayleigh Anders, said Rosney did not seem to realise that he had struck someone.