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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.