Monday 25 September 2017 11.12 BST
The driver of a pick-up truck has appeared in court charged with causing the death of Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman’s mother by dangerous driving.
Carol Boardman, a former racing cyclist, died after a collision on Deeside in north Wales last summer.
Liam Rosney, 31, appeared before Flintshire magistrates charged with causing the death of Boardman by dangerously driving a Mitsubishi Warrior in Connah’s Quay.
Rosney and Victoria Rosney, 31, are also charged with doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice by allegedly deleting data from two mobile phones between July and November of last year.
The couple were sent to Mold crown court for a plea hearing on 27 October. Prosecutor Sheyanne Lee said the charges could only be dealt with in the crown court.
Defence solicitor Gwyn Lewis said the couple, who were given unconditional bail, would be pleading not guilty.
Speaking about his mother at the time her death, Boardman said: “She leaves behind …. a large, loving family. We cannot yet conceive of a world without her in it. We love you Carol, may the wind be ever at your back.”
He described his mother as “a stealth combatant and full of energy; mum was one of those individuals who could quietly turn anything into a contest”.
Boardman added: “Our mum was the most positive outgoing person you could ever hope to meet and her generosity of spirit inspired everyone she met.
“Many of our childhood memories involve my mother and the outdoors, walking out over Hoylake sandbank, swimming in the deep gullies, or hunting for fossils on Llandegla Moor in north Wales. Wanting to share her passion for cycling, even well into her 70s, she often took groups of young novices out on their first forays into north Wales.”
Boardman, the former world champion cyclist who won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and several stages of the Tour de France, said in August he was avoiding riding on Britain’s roads because he feels they have become too dangerous.
“The roads are statistically safe, but it doesn’t look it and it doesn’t feel it. Now I try to do more of my riding off-road, which is sad,” he told the Guardian in an interview to mark his appointment as the first cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester.