“This was an accident which could have easily been prevented and your contribution to that accident is significant in as much as you were confused, ” said Judge Rhys Rowlands.
“The distraction being as a result of you utilizing your mobile phone before the actual collision.”
Mrs Boardman, 75, whose cyclist son Chris won gold at the 1992 Olympics, suffered multiple traumata when she was hit by Mr Rosney’s Mitsubishi pick-up truck after falling from her bike on a mini-roundabout in Connah’s Quay on 16 July 2016.
Judge Rowlands said: “Any collision which contributed to person losing their life is the most appalling tragedy, the more so when the deceased, as here, was well-loved and, as I have indicated already, a pretty remarkable woman.”
The court heard that in the minutes before Rosney hit Mrs Boardman, who had fallen from her bike on the junction of Mold Road and Ffordd Llanarth, he made or received three phone calls while driving his vehicle, which did not have a hands-free facility.
Matthew Curtis, prosecuting, said: “It’s clear he was speaking to his wife on the telephone four seconds before the fatal collision and he was, we submit, still confused by the telephone call and mobile telephone handset.”
Oliver Jarvis, defending, said Rosney did not “want to make any excuses for his behaviour” and realised he had “destroyed the lives” of Mrs Boardman’s family.
Cyclist Chris Boardman’s mother dies after motorcycle collision Image caption Liam and Victoria Rosney were cleared of attempting to pervert the course of justice