It has been revealed that before the big Concert for New York City, Sir Paul was injured in an automobile accident. On October 15, Sir Paul and Heather Mills were driving their brand new Lincoln Mercury Hertz rental car through East Hampton, Long Island when they were involved in a crossroads collision with another car. The automobile pulled out into the intersection in front of Sir Paul's car. The driver of the other car claimed "The sun was glaring in my eyes. It was a very bright morning." Sir Paul told the police that he tried, but could not avoid hitting the car. After the collision, Sir Paul's car crashed head-on into a tree.
The woman driving the other car was Ronda Brown, a 32 year old bank clerk. She told police, "It was my fault. I did pull up at the stop sign, but then I edged out and I just didn't see him coming. He had the right of way." Ms. Brown said she was amazed when Sir Paul climbed out of the badly damaged car and she realized who he was. "I ran over and Mr. McCartney and his fiancee got out and hugged me. He said he was okay. He said his back was hurting but that he was OK. He told the police he was speeding at 54 mph. He was on the way to catch his helicopter. I have always dreamed of meeting him, but never like this. I was the one in the wrong, but he's so sweet. He gave me a big hug and said: 'It's okay, love, ' in a very English accent. I felt so embarrassed. I even forgot to get his autograph."
After the accident, Sir Paul complained of back pain but was not taken to a hospital. The other driver sustained a minor injury to her arm. Both cars were so damaged they had to be towed away. The towing company reported that Sir Paul's car was "pretty banged up. It had damage to the side and to the front."
According to the police report, Sir Paul wasn't carrying his driver's license, but he wasn't issued a ticket even though he admitted he was going 54 mph in a 30 mph zone en route to catching his helicopter. The official police report said: "McCartney states that he saw the second vehicle travel into the intersection and he was unable to avoid a collision. Brown stated she made a full stop, looked both ways and thought it was safe to continue. Brown states that McCartney looked to be going fast." Minutes after the accident Sir Paul and Heather, were driven to a nearby heliport by a police officer.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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