Chelsea and England football star Frank Lampard feared the worst earlier this week when he thought he had run over a 14-year-old boy as he reversed his Range Rover in London.
Instead, he discovered that while the schoolboy was unharmed, his bike had been left in a mangled heap, prompting the midfielder to give £200 to the surprised youngster.
Lampard’s agent, Steve Kutner, told the Mirror: “All sorts of things were going through Frank's mind. He saw the bike in his mirror and was sure he'd run the boy over.”
He continued: "Frank checked the lad was OK and asked how much the bike cost.
"The boy said it was worth £100, so Frank gave him £200 in cash. It was the least he could do.
"If anything Frank was more upset than the boy," Kutner added.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.