The motorist on trial for causing the death through dangerous driving of Carol Boardman had used his mobile phone to take videos while driving, a court has heard.
Mrs Boardman, aged 75, and the mother of ex-pro cyclist turned cycling campaigner Chris Boardman, died in July 2016 from injuries she sustained when she was hit by a pick-up truck driven by Liam Rosney as she cycled in Connah’s Quay, North Wales.
Rosney and his wife Victoria, also 32, are also on trial for perverting the course of justice due to allegedly deleting call logs from their mobile phones.
At their trial yesterday, Mold Crown Court was shown three videos recorded on Rosney’s mobile phone, reports BBC News.
One was of his son sleeping on the passenger seat, while the others showed the vehicle’s dashboard and steering wheel.
Earlier this week the court heard that Rosney was on the phone shortly before he hit Mrs Boardman, with the final call terminated an estimated 4 seconds before the collision.
But according to a police interview with Rosney in November 2016 read out in court by John Philpotts, prosecuting, he claimed to have finished the phone call 30 seconds before the fatal crash.
He also claimed that the phone was in hands-free mode.
Rosney admitted that he had not seen Mrs Boardman, who had fallen off her bike, before he struck her.
He told police that he felt his car run over something as he negotiated a mini-roundabout.
"I remember actually saying to myself 'oh my God', I remember myself saying 'what is that'," he said.
He said that he had not seen Mrs Boardman, who had fallen from her bike before the crash.
He said: “I know for a fact I was in control of my vehicle and the call had ended before the accident.”
Rosney denied having deleted records of three mobile phone calls between himself and his wife, who also denies doing likewise.
He said: “That may have happened without me realising because, like I say, it was wet conditions and I’m trying frantically to make calls,” he said.
The trial continues.
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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.