Widnes hit-and-run driver jailed for seven years

Michael Rollason Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Rollason was described by the judge as callous and irresponsible

A driver who killed a cyclist in Cheshire, then tried to cover up the crime, has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Rollason, 39, denied causing Terry Brown's death by dangerous driving, but he was convicted by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.

Mr Brown was found with catastrophic injuries by a passing motorist on the A57 Warrington Road, Bold Heath, near Widnes, in February last year.

Rollason hid his car and later told his insurers he had hit a wheelie bin.

'Precious little remorse'

The court heard the force of the impact smashed Mr Brown's racing bike in two and sent the pieces on to the top of a high hedge.

Mr Brown, 47, of Great Sankey, Warrington, suffered multiple injuries, including a broken neck and brain injuries.

He was cycling to work wearing a high-visibility jacket and a helmet and had lights on his bike.

Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Terry Brown was cycling to work wearing a high-visibility jacket and a helmet and had lights on his bike

Rollason, of Wootton Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire, had admitted causing death by careless driving but denied the more serious charge.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, described his behaviour in driving off without stopping at the scene or reporting the accident as "callous and irresponsible".

He said Rollason had made determined efforts to avoid detection by hiding his Vauxhall Astra and he lied to his insurance company.

Judge Menary said Rollason, formerly of Great Sankey, Warrington, had "a bad record", with convictions including drink driving in 2009, dishonesty, and previous other motoring offences.

The judge said Rollason had shown "precious little evidence of remorse".

He banned him from driving for eight years and ordered the confiscation of the Astra.

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