Michael Schumacher ran over pedestrian

17:42, 31 July 2008
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The victims said it was the last thing he expected on a quiet afternoon

As Ferrari`s F1 ace he was the undisputed king of the track, famed for his ice-cool skills at the highest speeds.

But it appears Michael Schumacher`s experience deserted him behind the wheel of a Fiat Ducato and he was no better than any other white van man, Mirror.co.uk reports.

The retired German star was overtaking an elderly woman driver in the van when he clipped pedestrian Martin Kingham.

And rather than apologise, car dealer Martin says Schumacher was fuming after the accident.

Martin, 39, said: "The last thing you expect on a quiet afternoon is to be run over by Michael Schumacher - it was unbelievable.

"He came from behind me to overtake two old ladies in a little Fiat. The first thing I knew I was flat on my face after the collision. When I realised who had hit me I thought I had concussion."

Schumacher has a lucrative deal to plug Fiat`s vans and cars. Last year, a TV ad saw him play a gardener driving a Fiat van before using a sit-on mower.

He was on his way to a private jet at a nearby airfield when the accident happened in Lydd, Kent, on Sunday.

Father-of-one Martin said: "I was putting the security bars up outside the garage before going home. I have to stand on the edge of the road and keep an eye on traffic.

"Out of nowhere I heard a bang from behind me. It spun me round and I was thrown forward on to my face, hitting the bonnet of a parked van. Then I saw a big blue van go by and realised they`d hit me. I thought I recognised the driver, but my head was spinning.

He was screaming, `What the f*****g hell were you doing in the road?` "He seemed cross, as if I was in the wrong. I called the police."

The accident smashed the driver`s side mirror of the van. Schumacher passed a breath test and was quizzed.

Martin went on: "The officers asked me to wait in my office while they spoke to him. An officer came in and said `This guy`s claiming to be Michael Schumacher`. Then another told us she`d seen his ID and it was him.

"He still didn`t apologise. The police realised I wasn`t too injured and told us to swap addresses, then he just got back in the van and drove off without even looking at me. He was arrogant.

"The way I landed was lucky. My leg was aching, but I didn`t mention it to the police. The next day a big bruise came up below my knee."

Schumacher retired from F1 in 2006 after seven world championship title wins. He lives in a mansion in the Swiss Alps and now works as a test driver for Ferrari.

His agent Sabine Kehme said yesterday: "There was a collision but nobody was injured. Michael cooperated with police. There is nothing else we wish to say."

Meanwhile, Martin was accused of fibbing when he told people his story - even by wife Leona, 36.

He said: "Try telling people you were hit by Michael Schumacher and see what response you get. My wife thought I was winding her up.

"I guess it shows once a racing driver, always a racing driver. The old ladies were probably only doing 30mph and he fancied his chances.

"He probably wasn`t expecting me to be in the road. Still, I`m lucky to be in one piece and I suppose it`s a great story, so no harm done."

Kent Police confirmed they would be taking no further action.


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