David Beckham and his 12-year-old son Brooklyn had a ‘lucky escape’ when their car was involved in a multiple-car pile-up yesterday on one of the busiest freeways in Los Angeles.
The 36-year-old former England captain and his son, who were both wearing seatbelts, were unhurt in the rush hour collision. LA Galaxy star Beckham was at the wheel of his luxury black Cadillac Escalade when it became the third car in the pile-up. The collision resulted from a gold Mitsubishi stalling in the fast lane due to mechanical problems, a California Highway Patrol spokeswoman said.
‘Yesterday at approximately 9.13am he [Beckham] was involved with a collision on the southbound 405 Freeway just south of Artesia Boulevard,’ said the spokeswoman. The accident happened on the 405 Freeway, near Torrance, a small coastal community just outside of Los Angeles. Beckham and his son were described as shaken but not in need of medical treatment.
His two younger sons and pregnant wife Victoria were not in the car at the time. The driver of the Mitsubishi, a 40-year-old Los Angeles man, was taken to hospital after complaining of pain but was not seriously injured, the spokeswoman said.
A source close to the footballer told MailOnline that the collision was not serious. ‘The biggest commotion was when people realised it was David Beckham,’ he said. Police were at the scene but Beckham was not arrested or questioned.
A second source added: ‘David and Brooklyn were shaken up and shocked by the experience but medically they were both fine. ‘It was a lucky escape and both were wearing seatbelts, otherwise they would have been more seriously hurt. ‘The car that stalled was in the car pool lane on the highway. It’s a fast lane for cars with two or more passengers.
‘When it stalled, David and the other drivers swerved to avoid it but they couldn’t get out of the way in time. ‘David’s car was taken away from the scene by a tow truck. It had lost a front bumper in the collision.’ The Beckhams only recently returned to Los Angeles after attending the royal wedding in London.
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