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09/07/2018 15:24 BST

Man Who Ran Over Olympian Chris Boardman's Mother Was On Phone Before Crash, Court Told

Carol Boardman was hit while riding her bicycle in July last year.

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Liam and Victoria Rosney are on trial over the death of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman's mother Carol

A driver who ran over and killed the mother of Olympic medallist Chris Boardman was on the phone to his wife seconds before the crash, a court has heard.

Liam and Victoria Rosney, both 32, deny perverting the course of justice by deleting records of the calls, made seconds before Carol Boardman was hit by Liam’s vehicle on 16 July 2016.

Liam, of Connah’s Quay, North Wales, denies causing her death by dangerous driving, as well as an alternative count of causing death by careless driving.

On Monday, Mold Crown Court heard Boardman, 75, whose cyclist son Chris won gold at the 1992 Olympics, had suffered multiple injuries when she was hit by Liam’s Mitsubishi pick-up truck after falling from her bike.

John Philpotts, prosecuting, said Boardman, a keen cyclist, had been hit by the vehicle on a mini-roundabout at the junction of Mold Road and Ffordd Llanarth, in Connah’s Quay, and later died in hospital.

Philpotts said: “It’s the prosecution case that Liam Rosney had time to see Mrs Boardman and to stop in time to avoid driving over her as he did, but he clearly did neither of those things.”

The prosecutor told the court that phone provider records showed four calls between Liam and his wife in the run-up to the crash, with the last one terminated four seconds before the crash is calculated to have happened.

But the calls did not appear on the log of his phone handset, which was recovered by police from Victoria Rosney, who arrived at the scene after the crash.

When her phone was seized by police in November 2016, all calls from the date of the collision and before had been deleted from the call log.

Philpotts said: “The prosecution say that this is a case which tragically illustrates the potential extreme danger of using a mobile telephone whilst driving.

“As I’ve told you more than once, Liam Rosney’s speed leading up to the collision was perfectly reasonable.

“There’s no suggestion, I repeat, that he was under the influence of drink or drugs.

“But, he was so distracted by the use of his mobile telephone that he was driving dangerously at the time when Mrs Boardman unfortunately became dismounted from her bicycle.”

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Chris Boardman, pictured on his bike in London, won gold at the 1992 Olympics

He added: “The prosecution say both of these defendants well know the significance of their telephone conversations in the time leading up to the point very shortly before the collision.

“They knew it and they deleted the relevant calls from their respective handsets.”

Kayleigh Anders, who witnessed the crash while driving, said Liam Rosney did not seem to realise he had hit Boardman at first.

She said: “He was looking left and then down, and then left and then down. I think he was on his phone.”

She told the court that when he realised what had happened, she heard him say “she came from nowhere”.

The jury, of seven men and five women, were asked before they were sworn in whether they followed racing cyclist Boardman on social media.

The trial is expected to last a week.