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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.

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