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Mobile phone death driver sent to prison

Picture shows BTCC race driver Frank Wrathall, 26 arriving at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing after being found guilty of death by careless driving after he killed a cyclist while on his phone  See ROSS PARRY copy RPYDRIVER  A championship motor racing driver knocked down and killed a cyclist while he was talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone, a court heard today. Frank Wrathall, 26, was chatting to model Zara Watt for almost eight minutes with one hand on the steering wheel before his van was involved in a collision with victim Paul Fingleton on a roundabout, it was said. The British Touring Car Championship driver, of Barnacre, Lancashire, denies causing the death of the 47-year-old father-of-one by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court. Opening the trial, Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Wrathall was on his mobile phone at the time of the fatal collision at Broughton roundabout on the A6 near Preston on May 14 last year. The Citroen van he was driving did not have any Bluetooth and there

Picture shows BTCC race driver Frank Wrathall, 26 arriving at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing after being found guilty of death by careless driving after he killed a cyclist while on his phone See ROSS PARRY copy RPYDRIVER A championship motor racing driver knocked down and killed a cyclist while he was talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone, a court heard today. Frank Wrathall, 26, was chatting to model Zara Watt for almost eight minutes with one hand on the steering wheel before his van was involved in a collision with victim Paul Fingleton on a roundabout, it was said. The British Touring Car Championship driver, of Barnacre, Lancashire, denies causing the death of the 47-year-old father-of-one by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court. Opening the trial, Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Wrathall was on his mobile phone at the time of the fatal collision at Broughton roundabout on the A6 near Preston on May 14 last year. The Citroen van he was driving did not have any Bluetooth and there

A top Touring Car motor racing driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist while he was talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone has been jailed for 21 months.

Frank Wrathall, 27, once a successful British Touring Car Championship driver whose career now lies in tatters, was chatting to model Zara Watt for almost eight minutes with one hand on the steering wheel before his van was involved in a collision on a roundabout on May 14 last year.

‘Devoted family man’ Paul Fingleton, 47, had been at a nearby tennis club with his wife Anne, watching his 14-year-old daughter Hannah play tennis, before leaving early to prepare supper for his family, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Wrathall, from Barnacre, near Garstang, who was driving a Citroen van and towing his racing car, failed to spot Mr Fingleton and cut across him at the roundabout – knocking the chartered accountant off his bicycle and leaving him with severe injuries to his head and spine.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and accepted he had been on his mobile phone at the time of the collision at Broughton roundabout on the A6 near Preston.

Jailing him, Judge Mark Brown said: “You had a flagrant disregard for the law which led to the premature and tragic death of Mr Fingleton.”

 

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