Killer driver Michael Rollason split victim's bicycle in two

Michael Rollason Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Rollason told his insurers he hit a wheelie-bin

A driver who killed a cyclist when he crashed into him with such force his bicycle was split in two, has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Rollason, 39, tried to lay a false trail by hiding his car, after hitting Terry Brown, 47, on 18 February 2014, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

He also told insurers he hit a wheelie bin after the crash on Widnes's A57.

Rollason, formerly of Great Sankey, Warrington, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said Rollason - who had admitted the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving - acted in a way that was, "callous and irresponsible".

The judge told him: "You struck the cyclist because of a gross level of avoidable distraction. No other sensible explanation is possible.

"I am satisfied there was a significant lapse in your attention on the road that day."

Father-of-three Mr Brown, who was cycling to work in Liverpool from his home in Great Sankey, was fatally injured at about 06:35 GMT in Bold Heath and was found by a passer-by.

Stephen Thomas, defending, said Rollason, now of Bedworth, Warwickshire, had to move because of comments made to his children after the crash, though not by the victim's family.

Related Topics

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites