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Careless driver jailed for death of Chris Boardman's mother

Liam Rosney has been given a 30-week sentence following the fatal collision

Chris Boardman interview
Joe Robinson
31 Jan 2019

The driver of a car that collided with and killed the mother of Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman has been jailed for 30 weeks. 

Liam Rosney, of Connah's Quay in Wales, admitted causing death by careless driving at Mold Crown Court, Liverpool, last year, having initially denied responsibility, claiming it to be an accident. 

Carol Boardman died from multiple injuries sustained when she was hit by Rosney's Mitsubishi truck after falling from her bike on a mini-roundabout in Connah's Quay in July 2016. It was established that Rosney had been using his mobile phone at the wheel moments before the collision.

The 33-year-old was also disqualified from driving for 18 and a half months as a result of the incident.

During the sentencing of Rosney today, Judge Rhys Rowlands focused on how Rosney's decision to use a phone at the wheel ended in a fatal outcome.

'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,' said Rowlands.

'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 was the 75-year-old mother of Chris, Olympic gold medallist, Tour de France yellow jersey wearer and cycling activist. 

Boardman, who is now Greater Manchester's commissioner for walking and cycling, spoke to The Guardian recently about his mother's death:

'It’s just horrifically ironic. I can’t think about it because it would just destroy me. It’s not just taking away someone’s life. It’s everything that’s left behind. And we don’t treat it as a crime. We say: "Oh, what a shame."'

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