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by Shane Stokes
September 6, 2017
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Over 14 months after the mother of Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman was killed in a hit and run, a man was charged on Tuesday with dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice. The 32-year-old has not been named, and neither has a 31-year-old woman who is also facing the second of those charges.
The pair, who are both from Connah’s Quay, have been summonsed to appear before Mold magistrates on September 25. Carol Boardman, who was 75, was killed when she was hit by a white Mitsubishi L200 pick-up on June 16 2016 in Flintshire, Wales. She was transported to hospital by ambulance and treated there, but succumbed to her injuries in the early hours of the following morning.
Her son Chris won the Olympic pursuit title in 1992, the first British gold medal in cycling in 72 years. He went on to a professional career, winning three stages in the Tour de France, leading the race each time and also breaking the world hour record on three occasions.
In July Boardman expressed criticism of the delays in the case. “It’s been heart-wrenching watching my dad try to come to terms with the absence of his soul mate,” he said via Twitter. “We’ve all had to try and carry on living a ‘normal life.’ It’s what my mum would have wanted. But it doesn’t feel normal. Whether intentional aggression or inattentiveness, road crime, because that’s what it is, isn’t taken seriously.”
“I originally didn’t care what happened to the driver, it would change nothing for us and would we really want to ruin another life? But if our justice system doesn’t take road crime seriously, then someone will needlessly go through what my father is experiencing now.”