A 27 YEAR old man from Preston has been jailed after he admitted causing the death of a cyclist by careless driving.
Frank Wrathall, of Strickens Lane, Barnacre admitted the charge in January and has been sentenced to 21 months in prison today (Friday 7 February) at Liverpool Crown Court.
Wrathall admitted knocking down cyclist Paul Fingleton in his Citroën van on 14 May 2012 at the Broughton Interchange roundabout.
He was on his mobile phone to his girlfriend at the time of the collision, with the conversation only ending at the point of collision and lasting approximately eight minutes.
Mr Fingleton, who was 47 years old and from Fulwood, Preston, received head and spinal injuries and despite the best efforts of medical staff, sadly died a few hours after arriving at the Royal Preston Hospital.
Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Dave Hogarth, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This is an incredibly tragic case which highlights the significant dangers and most devastating consequences of using your mobile phone whilst driving.
“Wrathall was trying to manoeuvre his large white van with racing car in tow whilst on the phone to his girlfriend; he clearly wasn’t focussed on the road and his driving, but on his phone call.
“This case should serve as a severe warning to everyone that you should never use your mobile phone whilst driving.
“The past 21 months have been incredibly difficult for the Fingleton family and I hope today’s sentencing can provide them with some closure and help them as they continue to grieve for their loss.