Driver who caused cyclist’s death thought he’d hit wheelie bin

Michael Rollason hit and killed cyclist Terry Brown near Warrington last year and was jailed for seven years by Liverpool Crown Court

A motorist who left a cyclist for dead, thinking he’d hit a wheelie bin, has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Rollason, 39, hit 46-year-old Terry Brown in Bold Heath, near Warrington, on February 18 last year, hitting the rider so hard that his racing bike was snapped in half.

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The Liverpool Echo reports that the jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard how Rollason failed to stop at the scene, then reporting a collision with a wheelie bin to his insurance company.

Simon Christie, prosecuting, said: “He lied to his insurance company. He said that the collision had happened the previous evening and that he had struck a wheelie bin. A complete lie.

“He chatted with the insurance company about his no claims bonus and whether he should claim for the windscreen and other damage.”

Rollason’s car was reportedly found hidden near his home with ‘extensive damage’ later that same day. When under police caution Rollason said he thought he hit a bin, but pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at the start of the trial.

The jury, however, found him guilty of the more serious crime of causing death by dangerous driving in a unanimous decision.

Mr Christie added: “Terry Brown was riding his cycle entirely lawfully and properly when he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra driven by this defendant, who was travelling in the same direction.

“Mr Brown was wearing a helmet and high visibility jacket and had a red flash light on the cycle.

“He was riding entirely properly but there was a collision in which he was killed and his bike snapped in half and sent high into a nearby hedge.”

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, described Rollason’s behaviour as “callous and irresponsible” and said there was “precious little evidence of remorse”.

He said: “You demonstrated callous disregard for the welfare of the man you had hit.”